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Swimming Australia announces changes to Open Water By-Laws

by ZwemZa on September 7th, 2017
Australia's Kareena Lee, centre, grabs a bottle. Photo: AP

Australia’s Kareena Lee, centre, grabs a bottle. Photo: AP

Swimming Australia is excited to announce that the 2018 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships will next year return to Brighton Beach in Adelaide, following on from the successful championships held there in 2017.

The sun-drenched Brighton Beach and iconic jetty was the perfect back drop for the open water races in 2017 and after plenty of positive feedback the decision was made to return to Adelaide for the event from January 26 to 28.

For 2018’s event and the future, Swimming Australia has made some changes to the By-Laws for the event to better align to international rules and regulations in an aim to create more meaningful competition and straightforward selection.

Key changes: The main changes to the Swimming Australia Limited (SAL) By-Laws are to the event age bandings, competition program and date of birth eligibility.

Why change?

The new rules will bring SAL in line with FINA and other international events and allow SAL events to create straightforward selection races within the event program.

By reflecting our event structure to international standards, SAL will also be able to create greater consistency of performance standards for all events and age bands.

We hope that the changes will help to create more meaningful competition that bring the best out of our swimmers and aid the overall long-term development of athletes.

When will these changes commence?
All competitions from the 2018 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships onwards will be aligned to FINA competition structures.

For more information on the event, click here: http://www.swimming.org.au/Events/2017-Australian-Open-Water-Champs-(1).aspx#acc1

Key changes in detail:

Introduction of new age bands to align to international competition age bands and enable a more straightforward selection:

  • New age bands: 14/15yrs, 16/17yrs, 18/19yrs and Open.

Change to date of birth eligibility:

  • A competitors age band in the age group events will now be determined by their age as at 31 December in the year of competition, i.e. To compete in the 16/17yrs event in the 2018 Champs in January, a competitor must be either 16 or 17 as at the 31st of December 2018.
  • For Open events, it will instead be the competitors age as of first day of competition.
  • The minimum age for any 2018 Open Water event is 14 years (excluding the JX event).

In 2018 the event will be 3 days in length with the following program details:

Open 10K

  • Minimum age 14 years (as at 1st day of competition)
  • Eligible for senior team selection only
  • Top three awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Champion

18/19 years 10K

  • Must be either 18 or 19 years as at December 31 the year of competition
  • Top male and top female swimmers eligible for world junior selection
  • Top three 18-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion
  • Top three 19-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion

16/17 years 7.5K

  • Must be either 16 or 17 years as at December 31 the year of competition
  • Top female and top male eligible for world junior team selection
  • Top three 16-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion
  • Top three 17-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion

14/15 years 5K

  • Must be either 14 or 15 years as at December 31 the year of competition
  • Top male and top female swimmers eligible for Talent program
  • Top three 14-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion
  • Top three 15-year-old finishers awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Age Champion

Open 5K Time Trial

  • Minimum age 14 years (as at 1st day of competition)
  • Eligible for senior team selection (*only in world championship years)
  • Top three awarded medals, winner crowned Australian Champion

Open MC 5K

  • Open event for Multi Class Athletes only

Mixed 14/15 Team Relay
Mixed Open Team Relay
JX Clinic 12/14 years

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