Swim Wales are excited to launch the evolved National Squad Programme, which will be introduced from January 2022.

The Swim Wales National Squad Programme is designed to provide appropriate levels of support to talented swimmers and para-swimmers as they progress through the sport. The underlying principle is that it should support systematic and not accidental success. Swim Wales’s performance objective is the key driver; putting swimmers on the British Swimming / British Para Swimming pathway and achieving medal success at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic/Paralympic level.

The existing four tiered Swim Wales National Squad Programme, introduced in 2015, will undergo a fairly significant evolution as Swim Wales looks to ensure that the pathway continues to develop swimmers and para swimmers in the best possible way in line with our performance objective and the principles of the Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF).

Swim Wales are also pleased to publish the associated selection procedures for the evolved National squad programme. Selections will take place following the Swim Wales Winter Championships (17th – 19th December 2021) taking into account all accredited long course performances from 1st January 2021.

We hope the release of the evolved programme will motivate and excite both athletes and coaches and we wish all athletes the very best as they aspire to gain selection standards over the coming months.

For general enquires relating to the National Squad Programme or associated selection procedures please contact swimwales-performance@swimming.org

 Ross Nicholas

National Performance Director, Swim Wales

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