Dolphins all over the country will be taking part in virtual relay training time trials with bragging rights as Australia’s high performance swimmers look to keep the competitive juices flowing while COVID still prevents large scale swimming meets.
Taking place in the Gold Coast (Bond University), Sydney (SOPAC), Adelaide (Marion) and Perth (HBF Stadium) athletes will be drafted into official teams complete with entertaining names and will compete in eleven relays, with a mix of Olympic events and other hybrid races.
High performance athletes based in Melbourne will be participating in the testing portion of the activity at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, as elite sports training is still permitted under Victoria’s current restrictions.
Swimming Australia National Head Coach Rohan Taylor said the virtual time trials provided many benefits.
“Firstly, this is a great chance to bring our athletes and coaches together for race practise, foster engagement and ignite the competitive nature of everyone,” he said.
“Providing constraints-based training challenges like this allows the athletes to practise skills in a situation different to their usual daily performance environment.
“Most importantly, this is a fantastic opportunity for our athletes in a challenging year, I know everyone is looking forward to putting their skills on the line and experiencing race pressure.”
Each virtual event will also have a technical support staff on site to capture data and film relay changeovers.
“There are seven relay medals on offer in Tokyo, so they are an incredibly important part of our preparation for next year,” said Taylor.
“This activity will allow us to collect data, have that data assessed and then take the results back to their home programs to assist in their next block of work.”
Recognition will be given to teams and individuals that produce skills based constraint results as well as the top eight fastest splits in each race. The testing will be held over a single three hour session between October 22-26. Teams may enter up to two teams per event and will have coaches appointed for each team.
Sydney – October 22
Gold Coast – October 23
Adelaide – October 23
Perth – October 26
Relay teams and coaches
Adelaide Anacondas – Peter Bishop
West Coast Wizards – Mick Palfrey/Will Scott
Sydney Sharks – Simon Cusack/Adam Kable
Gold Coast Rockets – Michael Bohl/Chris Nesbit/Richard Scarce
Brisbane Braves – Vince Raleigh/Damian Jones
Brisbane Bisons – Dean Boxall/Chris Mooney/David Lush
4x200m Freestyle (Men)
4x200m Freestyle (Women)
4x50m Medley (Men)
4x50m Medley (Women)
4x100m Freestyle (Men)
4x100m Freestyle (Women)
4x100m Medley (Mixed)
4x50m Freestyle (Men)
4x50m Freestyle (Women)
3x100m Medley (Men)
3x100m Medley (Women)