Amendments to National QT’s for Victorian Swimmers

Toni Read

Amendments to National QT’s for Victorian Swimmers
Swimming Australia has released a statement regarding the national qualifying times for
Victorian swimmers for the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships. Please see their
statement below;
Good morning members, we hope this communication finds you well.
Swimming Victoria, Swimming Australia and ASCTA Victoria all understand the difficult
restrictions and challenges we are facing in Victoria and in particular in metropolitan
Melbourne.
With that in mind we have been collaborating on an approach for our Victorian members
working towards swimming at the 2021 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships, 2021
Australian Age Swimming Championships or the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships.
We are pleased to advise that all organisations have agreed the following key action plan and
approach for our Victorian athletes.
▪ Any athlete that achieved the qualifying time for the 2020 Australian Open Water
Swimming Championships will automatically qualify for the 2021 Australian Open Water
Swimming Championship events in the event (s) they achieved a QT in 2020. Please note –
age eligibility will still apply so if you achieved a time in your age group in 2020 you can
use that time to qualify you for your age group in 2021. E.g. if you achieved a 14 years’
time in 2020 that will make you eligible in the 15 years age group in 2021.
▪ Any athlete that achieved the qualifying time for the 2020 Australian Age or 2020
Australian Championship events will automatically qualify for the 2021 Australian Age and
2021 Australian Championship events in the event (s) they achieved a QT in 2020. For
clarity, this includes all athletes including multi class.
Please note – age eligibility will still apply so if you achieved a time in your age group in
2020 you can use that time to qualify you for your age group in 2021. E.g. if you achieved a
14 years’ time in 2020 that will make you eligible in the 15 years age group in 2021.
The process of applying these exemptions will be as follows:
1. The 2020 Qualifying Time will be used as a support mechanism and will not need to be used
to enter the January or April events until such time that Victorian meets have been
exhausted and an athlete has not met the 2021 Qualifying time.
2. If an athlete meets the 2021 Qualifying time, the swimmer should use that time to enter the
January and April Championship Events.
3. If an athlete does not meet the 2021 Qualifying time, the athlete will enter via emailing
Swimming Australia from 4 January for Australian Open Water, or 9 March for April
Australian Championship events.
Swimming Australia will support those athletes that have a 2020 Qualifying time and wish
to use that time to enter manually.
▪ We are mindful that any athletes in the 13yrs females and 14yrs males events might not
have competed at an Australian Age Championships to date. Between SV, SA and AV we will
be looking into an alternative procedure to ensure our emerging young Victorian athletes
have an opportunity to qualify. We will publish these details in due course.
These exemptions have been made and will be implemented with the intention to give our
Victorian athletes the opportunity they deserve to swim at Australian Championships in January
and April 2021.
If you have further queries or questions, please contact: [email protected] or
[email protected]
With safe and best wishes,
Leigh Russell – Swimming Australia CEO
Jason Hellwig – Swimming Victoria CEO
Gus Barnes – asctaVIC President