Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Event Update - 25 March 2020

In light of the latest government advice on COVID-19 with us all being advised, where possible, to stay at home, British Swimming, Scottish Swimming, Swim England and Swim Wales confirm the following for the aquatics community.

2020 British Summer Championships, Home Nation Summer Meets

British Swimming, British Para-Swimming and the Home Nations have been continually reviewing the viability of the 2020 British Summer Championships and Home Nation Summer Meets, however, following the latest UK Government briefing on Monday (23/03), we have all made the difficult decision to cancel all of our end of season domestic Championships.

As you will appreciate the situation is rapidly changing, and with the closure of swimming facilities and related programmes nationwide this was a unanimous decision. It goes without saying that the health and wellbeing of our aquatics community is the priority at this time and as such it is not right to focus on performance swimming. 

Scottish Competition (all disciplines)

The cancellation of competition for ALL disciplines across National, District and Club events will now continue through to the end of August and includes the following National Championships:

Scottish National Age Group Diving Championship & Thistle Trophy (1-3 May)

Scottish Water Polo Cup Final Day (and all matches leading up to Cup Final Day) (14 June)

Scottish National & Age group Open Synchronised Swimming Championships (20-21 June)

Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships (25-28 June)

Scottish Summer Meet (17-19 July)

Scottish National Open Water Swimming Championships (5-6 September)

Moving Forward

The decision to effectively end our season across all disciplines has not been taken lightly, and as mentioned, comes at the end of long discussions across the Home Nations, International Partners, Stakeholders, and closer to home, our National Chairs. With Government advice being to stay at home, we believe this to be the best course of action to help stop the spread of this virus, and to keep the health of our members at the heart of the decision making process.

We are thinking longer term and please note that the licensing of District meets from September onwards will be reviewed across Districts when the situation is clearer.

Other Aquatic Events

After further consultation with FINA and key partners in London, British Swimming has taken the difficult decision to cancel the London leg of the FINA Diving World Series.  British Swimming will be in touch shortly via See Tickets to confirm refunds for those who had purchased tickets.

The LEN European Junior Championships scheduled to happen between end June and early July 2020, is postponed.

In the meantime please continue to follow advice, and where possible, STAY AT HOME and make use of the following online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus:

NHS Inform Scotland website

UK Government Coronavirus guidance website

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice website - specific to China

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website – for all countries

The NHS24 Twitter and  Facebook accounts for public health information in Scotland.