The 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships, to be held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide from April 15-22, 2019 will feature and promote:
All Australian Championship Events, including the new Olympic Events – Men’s 800m Freestyle, Women’s 1500m Freestyle and the Mixed Medley Relay
Differing starting age bands for females and males due to the differences in maturation between genders. The competition age bands will be:
Females – 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs and 16yrs
Males – 14yrs, 15yrs, 16yrs and 17yrs.
For 2019 swimmers whose birthday falls between both the Open and Age Championships and are too young for open but too old for age will swim the Open Championships provided they make the age QT's. (Male 19/21 Female 17/20).
Age bands will not change for Multi Class Swimmers
The key changes in relationship to the Australian Swimming Framework (ASF):
The general principle applied during the ‘Foundation’ years of the ASF is that skill learning and training occurs more frequently than competition. At this stage competition, as well as training, must be interesting and ‘fun’ to engage young children.
The competition framework aims to connect State and National competitions, informed by a philosophy for junior swimmers that focusses on technical development and enjoyment.
What this means for swimmers…
The new framework provides a renewed focus for junior competition and will be advantageous to swimmers by providing a more equal platform to compete, in turn retaining swimmers in the sport longer and allow them to develop at a more suitable pace.
What this means for coaches…
The ASF seeks to outline the optimal pathway for emerging junior swimmer through to elite athletes. It details the areas of focus and the necessary support network for each step of a swimmers’ development.
The ASF already has heavily informed the Competition Framework, ensuring that we provide more opportunities for athletes to compete and have a renewed focus for our national competitions.
Coaches can gain further insight in the effects of maturation on athlete development and recommended guidelines for appropriate development of training plans through the new Swimming Australia coach education program which now includes modules on this topic.
What this means for parents…
Swimming Australia is fully committed to providing competition structures appropriate to the development and maturation of children who participate in the sport. Most importantly, parents want their children to enjoy their involvement in the sport. These changes would provide long term benefits for swimmers and the sport.
For young swimmers, their age and the difference in their physical size and strength has a big impact on the times they can achieve in competition. This often results in some swimmers gaining an early competitive advantage while also discouraging late developers, purely based on the month of the year that they were born.
Swimming Australia has initiated these key competition changes with the support of its state partners and the Australian Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA).
Want more Information…
Full details of the Competition Framework can be viewed HERE!
The Australian Swimming Framework can be viewed HERE!
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport – Transient Relative Age Effects across annual age groups in National level Australian Swimming can be viewed HERE!
Program of Events