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National Junior Para-Swimming Championships postponement

Swim England and Activity Alliance would like to provide an update on the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships. This event was planned for March 2021.

Junior swimmer swimming in race

This comes after the government announcing a tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will come into force in England when the lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December. Although we hope for a speedy return to the pool we recognise that may not be the case for all and it is uncertain what the impact will be on pools, clubs and athletes.

Taking this into consideration, it is the best decision to postpone the National Junior Championships in March. A window has been identified in June to host the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships and further information will be released as and when appropriate. The situation will be reviewed to ensure that we are compliant with COVID-19 requirements.

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.”