This event will be the first Australian Open Championship of the Tokyo cycle and its format will differ from previous championships. The main changes competitors and coaches can expect is that the competition will be held over three days, there will be no semi-finals and all non-Olympic events will be swum as timed finals in the morning. This is opposed to longer formats where semi-finals were previously included.
The changes are important to support our ultimate goal, the Olympic Games program and our ability to achieve peak performances at the games themselves. Factoring this into our decision, the rationale behind them is twofold:
1. Having only A Finals puts more pressure on heat/morning performances to replicate the international competition arena, and;
2. Having the non-Olympic events swum as timed finals, allows athletes the opportunity to compete in them, whilst maintaining a focus on Olympic qualifying events. We already undertake this in the 800m for Men and 1500m for Women, so adding other non-Olympic events is a logical progression.
These subtle changes are ultimately pivotal in helping our swimmers develop and we look forward to introducing our new competition format at the start of the next Olympic quadrennial.
Accreditation passes provide approved personnel with access to the pool pre-meet training and all competition sessions.
Swimming Australia will not be implementing photos on accreditation passes for this event. All entrants and purchasers of club packages will be provided with a personalised accreditation pass when they present to the accreditation desk prior to entering the venue.
Accreditation must be carried at all times during the event to allow approved personnel to access areas of the venue.
Please CLICK HERE to apply for club package.
Club Package applications must be lodged using the Swimming Australia online application form which is now open.
Coach, support staff and manager passes will only be issued to those persons listed on the online application form and accompanied by a fee of $65.00 per person (coach, support staff or manager). A list of all personnel who have successfully applied for a club package will be provided on the event webpage one week prior to the application closing date.
It is the responsibility of the Club to ensure any applicant stating affiliation to their club is in fact an approved representative with the requisite background checks in place by checking the above mentioned list.
It is the responsibility of the club secretary to ensure that club packages for coaches, team managers and support staff are lodged online prior to applications closing. Please check the list mentioned above to ensure your club has purchased all of their required club packages.
Club packages requested after the close of entries are subject to approval by Swimming Australia and will be charged at a cost of $130.00 each.
For each club package purchased, clubs will receive one accreditation pass for a nominated coach or team manager or support staff, an event program and tea/coffee for the coach/support staff/manager nominated.
Event programs for this event can be collected from the coaches’ desk, located on pool deck on the western side of the pool (opposite AOE room). Tea and coffee will be available from the coaches’ room at the event.
For Multi Class athletes requiring an assistant or Tappers, these persons should be included in the club package listing. Swimming Australia will not provide assistants or Tappers for athletes. (In the case of tappers, there must be two tappers, one at each end of the pool)
Teams may travel with any combination of managers, support staff and coaches that they wish.
NOTE: There will be no free entry to the pool on ASCTA Membership or SAL’s accredited coach cards.