Following the conclusion of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Swimming Australia has conducted its routine athlete categorisation process.
This undertaking helps Swimming Australia nominate athletes to receive AIS funding, ensuring the sport’s high-performance athletes get the right level of support during each stage of their career pathway.
Swimming Australia’s High Performance Director, Tamara Sheppard, said this process of athlete categorisation occurs annually.
“Athlete categorisation take place each year after domestic and international benchmark events and indicates the different levels of support provided to swimmers,” Sheppard said.
“These assessments happen in all sports across Australia that utilise AIS funding and plays a key role in our high performance strategy.
“The criteria we use to make these decisions is determined by the AIS and we must comply with their guidelines for this funding model.
“Although athletes may change categories based on recent results, performances and potential, whether an athlete is categorised or not, has no bearing on an athlete’s ability to compete and make Australian teams.”