Friday, October 10, 2014

Scottish Swimming Announce 2014/15 Swimming Calendar & to Introduce New Summer Meet

"The new summer meets will give swimmers of all ages a clear end of season focus aligned with the rest of Britain,” Ally Whike, National Performance Director

The establishment of a new British Summer Championships has been given the green light as the first headline component of a broader British Swimming Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at increasing and supporting junior talent on the journey to senior medal-winning performance.

Swimmers will have the opportunity to post a long course time within a ‘qualification window’ (between mid-March and late-May) with the 24 top ranked swimmers in each age group and event being invited to the new end of season British Summer Championships which will be held in Sheffield from 28th July to 2nd August 2015.

For Scottish swimmers that finish outside of the top 24 ranked British places, the next level of talent aged between12 and 18 (provisionally up to 20 per event and age group) will have the opportunity of attending a new event to be held in Edinburgh between 24th and 26th July 2015.

This competition structure has been designed to expose an even greater number of young, talented swimmers to national competition whilst at the same time providing a firm foundation to ensure Scotland and Britain sees more of its exciting junior talent transition becoming successful senior athletes.

Key elements of the Pathway Strategy include:

  • Working together to support our coaches to improve athlete performance potential
  • Progressive minimum ages for each tier of Championship swimming, (District, Scottish Nationals, GB Summer Championships) to reduce the risk of early burn-out
  • Entry to the end of season British Summer Championships and Scottish Summer Meet to be based on swimmer long course rankings within a designated “Qualification Window”
  • The adoption of the consistent use of age at 31st December for Championship Meets to realign with LEN/FINA.

Ally Whike, National Performance Director said of these developments: “We in Scottish Swimming have been working closely with our colleagues in British Swimming and in England and Wales to review the structure of competitions across the Home Nations.  I am delighted that we have a competition structure that will play its part in the development of performance athletes.  The new summer meets will give swimmers of all ages a clear end of season focus aligned with the rest of Britain.”

Now that this new structure has been agreed, Scottish Swimming can announce details of the National Swimming programme for 2014/15 which will be as follows:

  • National Short Course Championships, Edinburgh, 12 – 14th December 2014
  • National Age Group Championships, Aberdeen, 1 – 5th April 2015
  • National Championships, Glasgow, 25 – 28th June 2015
  • Scottish Summer Meet, Edinburgh, 24 – 26th July 2015

Full meet information for the National Age Group Championships, including changes to its format, will be published in the next few weeks.