Changes for Age Champs in 2022

21 October 2021
Age Swimmer Dives in

Swimming Australia would like to advise of changes to the program of events and qualifying times for the 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships.

 

Providing high calibre racing opportunities for the largest number of youth athletes, Age Champs is truly the lifeblood of our sport and one of the most popular events on the swimming calendar. Therefore, in the spirit of continual improvement to ensure the meet is catering for development and performance needs – as well as the impact of COVID-19 – modifications have been made for competitors.

 

Within the changes consideration has been given to balancing the implications across event delivery, technical official workload and the overall opportunities and experience the event offers.

 

Key Changes include:

  • The Program of Events has been restructured to better align with the development and performance needs of age groups across the six days of competition. This includes each event in the program starting with the girls age group, immediately followed by the corresponding boys age group (e.g., Girls 13 years 100m Freestyle, Boys 14 years 100m Freestyle).
     
  • 50m form strokes have been added for all ages to support our sprinting depth as well as proving an opportunity to qualify at the Australian Swimming Championships without the training load for those impacted by COVID lockdowns.
     
  • Consideration has been given to ensure no double-ups or clashes, particularly in distance events for ages and strokes.
     
  • B-Finals have been added for all ages in 50m and 100m events. This doubles the number of athletes having high level heats and finals racing, without impacting the timeline in an excessive way.
     
  • Relays have been reviewed, with removal of the 4x200m events due to minimal numbers nominated as well as this event being favorable to the larger clubs. The mixed relays have also been removed, however will be picked up in State Relays as noted below.
     
  • Instead, the addition of 4x50m State Relays will involve more athletes where the prestige of representing your state and development can be achieved at high velocity without being detrimental to the timeline.
     
  • The 4x50m Freestyle State Relay will be gender based and 4x50m Medley State Relay will be mixed to align with the Olympic program offering.
     
  • QTs have been adjusted slightly to be consistent as compared to benchmark times and slight softening for the younger age bands (girls 13 years and boys 14 years) to accommodate the COVID impact of minimal training. Short course times (2% conversion) have been added for this same purpose as well and is important that we are providing all swimmers the opportunity to compete.
     
  • The changes for multi-class swimmers will see revised QTs as well the allowance of the 2% conversion, and the alignment of age groups to the development needs, with 12 years being the minimum age.

 

Swimming Australia’s GM Performance Pathway, Jamie Salter, said this was a terrific outcome for young athletes.

 

“We know the past 12 months have continued to be challenging for swimmers, especially those younger athletes who are forging their path in our sport,” Salter said.

 

“We’ve undertaken a lot of work in this area to ensure we are delivering a meet that caters for athlete development and performance and we think these changes to the program of events and qualifying times will be highly beneficial and in the best interest of the competition as we lead into Brisbane 2032.”

 

If you require any further information, please contact events@swimming.org.au

 

For more event details, click here

 

Please note: The Multi Class Age Qualifying Times are currently in review and will become available week commencing 25 October 2021. 

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