An ‘exciting new concept’ where swimmers will pit themselves against others from across the country without leaving their home pool has been officially launched by Swim England.
Level X Racing gives club swimmers the opportunity to take part in a series of time-trials using all strokes at varying distances and then submit them to Swim England rankings.
Tom Baster, the chairperson of the Swim England Swimming Leadership Group, said the initial feedback from the pilot events staged had been well received.
He said: “We know our clubs and members that are back in the water have missed taking part in galas and events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Level X Racing is a fun opportunity for them to practice some racing skills in the absence of those club, county, regional and national events.
“The feedback we have had so far from the test sessions has been extremely encouraging.
“Everyone who has taken part has loved the chance to test themselves against their team-mates and we hope clubs across the country will engage with this exciting new concept.”
The first phase of Level X Racing begins on 23 October with staggered submission times to enable swimmers to build up their training to the longer distance events.
A second phase of the competition will be held in the 2021 in the hope more clubs would be able to take part.
After each distance is completed, the quickest swimmers in each age group will feature in a national leaderboard that will be published across Swim England’s website and social media channels.
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