Coronavirus – COVID 19 Update
Cancellation of 2021 Region Swimming Championships
(26 February 2021)
The Region is delighted to hear that swimming pools may re-open by the middle of April. This is much earlier in the roadmap out of lock-down than we had feared and provides hope for clubs and athletes.
Unfortunately, because of the the delayed return and the time available for swimmers to prepare, the Regional Swimming Group and Coaches Panel have concluded that it will not be possible to hold the 2021 Long Course Region Swimming Championships.
We know how disappointing this will be to so many athletes, coaches and parents but it would be unfair to hold a competition where swimmers had not had the opportunity to properly prepare.
We are confident that our Winter Competition will be able go ahead in November.
Regional Championships – survey
Swim England South East has more swimmers than any other Region and does not have access to a 10-lane pool in the region. In addition, there have been increasing constraints imposed on Regional Championships (additional finals, reverse 800m, 1500m). As a result, our traditional 3 day 15/Over programme, even extended to 31⁄2 days by having events on Friday evening, does not allow us to accept all of the swimmers who have a chance of achieving a qualifying time for the British Championships or Swim England Summer Meet. To help us find a solution to these problems we asked everyone to complete a survey.
By the time survey closed in May over 570 coaches, swimmers, clubs and parents had taken the time to contribute to the discussion to help us identify the best way to provide the competition format you want. Thank you for taking the time.
The next steps in this decision process are:
Check the feasibility of the acceptable options (availability of pools)
Examine the impact of the budget for the championships
Seek permission from Swim England for any proposal which falls outside of the current criteria for Region Championships.
The Swimming Group, with input from the Coaching Panel, will produce a recommendation sometime in the autumn.
Unfortunately the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic may mean that the changes that we need to make cannot be introduced until 2022.