Swimming Australia is thrilled to announce that Bio Island will support our country’s next wave of swimmers, after signing on as the official naming rights partner of the Australian Junior Excellence (JX) Program until the end of 2022.
As our sport’s current Nutrition Partner, Bio Island’s commitment to expand and significantly increase its investment will enable Swimming Australia to recognise performances, encourage and inspire the next generation of competitive swimmers.
Delivered in conjunction with all states and territories, junior swimmers will now have access to a host of elite role models, including the program’s national ambassadors – Dolphins Shayna Jack and Jack McLoughlin – and receive consistent merchandise and congratulatory messages of their achievements via Swim Central.
Fittingly launching on the eve of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Championship in Adelaide, junior swimmers will strive to achieve gold, silver, bronze or blue standard times when they compete throughout the year, while swimming clinics will be delivered in every state and territory to help develop their skills.
Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell said she was excited by the new direction and fresh look of the program.
“Rewarding, recognising and encouraging junior swimmers as they strive to reach their full potential is at the heart of this program and I’m delighted Bio Island will support us in growing grassroots swimming,” Russell said.
“Bio Island’s philosophy to inspire Australians to live a healthy and active lifestyle aligns with our ideals, so we sincerely value this partnership and hope it will continue to strengthen across the course of the next three years.
“It’s fantastic two of our Dolphins, Shayna Jack and Jack McLoughlin, will be the program’s national ambassadors. They will be wonderful role models, assist in delivering clinics and promote the new-look JX initiative around Australia.
“This united approach to streamline the program will benefit young swimmers across the country, so we’re looking forward to watching children continue to thrive and flourish through the Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence Recognition Program.”
A Commonwealth Games gold medallist, McLoughlin said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a national ambassador for the program.
“As a kid I took part in JX and it was something I was proud of, so to be able to give back to junior swimming and help these young swimmers is something I’m very passionate about,” McLoughlin said.
“If you were able to reach a gold or silver standard time you really felt like you were achieving something special, and you’d wear your cap around the pool like a badge of honour.”
Bio Island Director Amanda Fox said she was delighted this new partnership would play a role in shaping the future of Australian swimming.
“Bio Island is thrilled to be involved in the growth and achievements of the upcoming generation of swimmers through the Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence program,” Fox said.
“During our partnership we are eager to build the community of swimming, along with Swimming Australia, making sure we encourage and inspire swimmers at all levels, their families and the support teams involved.
“With the program including with some of our nation’s youngest competitors, Bio Island’s goal will be supporting each participant’s journey to becoming the best they can be.”
Previously targeted towards swimmers aged between 9-16 years, the program has narrowed its focus and will now make the eligible age range 9-13 years. However please note swimmers aged 14-16 will still receive their JX packs for the 2018/19 season.
History of the program
The Junior Excellence Program was established in 2007 to recognise, reward and incentivise junior swimmers who are on a key part of their swimming journey, learning and refining as they develop into senior swimmers. Each year Swimming Australia releases the JX criteria and standards for the forthcoming season which swimmers, parents and coaches can use to as targets throughout the year.
Swimmers aged from 9 to 13 years, who accomplish times set by Swimming Australia, qualify at gold, silver, bronze or blue standard, depending on their best performance/s during the season.
All ‘approved’ swim meet results are loaded into the Swimming Australia’s Swim Central and used as results towards an overall award for each individual swimmer. At the end of the qualification period, Swimming Australia will publish the JX results on the website.
Please see below for frequently asked questions.
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- How do I register for the Bio Island Australian JX Program?
- How do I qualify for the Bio Island Australian JX program?
- How do I find out if I have qualified?
- What happens when I have my birthday during the qualifying period?
- Can I achieve the times in a short course (25m) or long course (50m) swimming pool?
- Can I use relay splits as a qualifying time?
- How do I know which swim meets are approved?
- How do I receive my Bio Island JX pack?
No registration is required for the Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence (JX) Program. All results are calculated by Swimming Australia automatically using swim meet results uploaded by clubs, regions, districts and state associations into the Swim Central.
To qualify for the Bio Island Australian JX program, swimmers are required to be a member of Swimming Australia, aged from 9 to 13 years and achieve one of the qualifying criteria set by Swimming Australia within the qualifying time frame.
The JX qualifying standards and criteria can be found on the Swimming Australia website here.
When the qualification period ends, Swimming Australia prepares the JX results and publishes them on the JX section of the website.
Prior to the release of the results, Swimming Australia will publicise the release date of the results to make all swimmers and clubs aware of the release date and time via its social media channels and website.
Where a swimmer has a birthday during the qualification period and records times under two different age groups, he/she will receive a JX reward depending on the highest standard achieved in either (not both) of those age groups. E.g.: If a swimmer achieves gold standard as a 10-year-old and silver as an 11-year-old, the gold standard would be awarded.
Swimmers aged 9 and 10 years can achieve qualifying times in both short course and long course swimming pools. Swimmers aged 11 to 16 years can only qualify in long course swimming pools.
Relay splits including lead off times will not be recognised in the JX program, only individual swims will qualify.
Approved swim meets are competitions that have achieved the minimum setup and technical official requirements. It is the responsibility of the host organisation of the swim meet to ensure that the requirements have been met as well as recording and uploading the accurate times into the Swim Central results database.
The host organisation of the swim meet will publicise if the meet is an ‘approved’ or a ‘non-approved’ meet.
Once the qualifying period ends, Swimming Australia analyses all swim meet results to determine the qualifying swimmers and their award standard. JX packs are then assembled and sent directly to the swimming club that the swimmer is registered to at the time of releasing the results.
The Bio Island JX packs will be sent in July 2019.