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Swim Wales announce plans for their first ever virtual competition across Wales launching on the 1st of October

Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
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On the 1st of October, Swim Wales will be launching an exciting new competitive opportunity for the swimmers of Wales, and here’s a preview of what’s in store…

We know that our swimmers have missed events this year whether that be club galas, regional events or one of our 8 annual events at our home at the National Pool in Swansea. We miss it too! We miss the build-up and excitement surrounding those events and we want to bring a little bit of that back to the thousands of swimmers across Wales. The challenges we currently face across the UK have meant that events as we know them are just not permitted by government at this time. But this hasn’t stopped the events team at Swim Wales, we see this as a chance to innovate and create exciting new opportunities that are accessible to all, inclusive and SAFE for everyone to enjoy.

The Swim Wales Super Series 2020 is our first ever virtual competition in 123 years. It is open to all of our member clubs including - Age Groupers (9+), Masters and Para-swimmers. We’ve removed some of the barriers that swimmers might typically face when taking part in Wales wide competition including travel, equipment and access therefore making it our most accessible competition ever.

We see this as is an opportunity to re-introduce training goals, for coaches and swimmers alike to see those ‘lockdown gains’, how dry-land training helped boost performance and maybe even see a few PB’s in Olympic year!

As of September 21st 69% of our clubs are back in the water and accessing facilities, with over 70% of pools across Wales now open for business. This is hugely encouraging and long may it continue. This is what Ross Nicholas the Performance Director for Wales has to say about it;

It is very encouraging to see an increasing number of aquatic clubs returning to activity over recent weeks. The club committee’s and coaches across Wales have done an incredible job designing protocols and programmes that adhere to the Swim Wales Return to Water Guidance and Welsh Government regulations to provide safe, supportive and functional training environments for their members.

We would also like to commend the work of the facility operators for their pro-active support to aquatic clubs across Wales to enable their return to training, and this has shown outstanding collaboration and togetherness as an aquatic community at this challenging time

Keep an eye on the Swim Wales website and social media platforms on the 1st of October for detailed information on how it will work, how to apply and how you can get involved.

We promise this…is going to be SUPER.

Lydia Gyngell

National Events and Volunteers Manager

Swim Wales