Swim England and Activity Alliance have announced that the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships, planned for March 2021 have been postponed.
Activity Alliance and Swim England made the decision after hearing the Government plans for a tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions to come into force in some parts of England after 2nd December 2020.
The organisations were concerned at the impact on pools, clubs and athletes and especially knowing that some, but not all may be able to return to pools.
Martin Lees, Swim England, Para-Swimming Development Manager said:
“It is disappointing to postpone the National Junior Championships. This is the only competition where we can bring all the junior swimmers together and watch them apply their skills in the pool. Safety is essential and we need to make sure that we are making the right decisions to support coaches, athletes and parents. When pools re-open our priority will be to support clubs, coaches, athletes and parents to re-enter the training environment. We have identified a weekend in June for this event to be held and in 2021 we will provide a further update.”
Barry Horne, Activity Alliance Chief Executive said:
“It is crucial new young talent is able to develop in every sport. The National Junior Para-Swimming Championships is an essential part of the para-swimming pathway but it also drives the wider benefits of being active for children and young people. We understand the important role such events can play in individual and athlete development. But returning safely for participants, volunteers and officials is our top priority. We are working closely with Swim England and within guidance to make sure everyone can return to a safe and enjoyable competition environment.”