Division 2 and Junior League to take a rest for 2018/19, replaced by Development Meets:
To streamline competitions for the next twelve months, Development Meets will be open to competitors of all ages to encourage comradery and team spirit. Development Break Times will apply to these competitions (formerly Division 2 Break Times). These events will be included in the development strand of the competition structure and will be the starting point for all athletes as they gain qualifying times for Division 1 and State Championships.
Adelaide continues to be the home of Australia’s best swimming events:
Several national and international events will be hosted in Adelaide, proving Adelaide’s ability continue to host major-scale events. With support of the South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide has been able to secure major Swimming Australia events leading up to the Australian Swimming Trials for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Adelaide is also the home of other national events run by Surf Live Saving SA and Masters Swimming SA.
o 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials (July)
o 2018 Lifesaving World Championships
o 2019 Masters National Championships
o 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships
o 2019 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships
As these events are held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, SwimmingSA has scheduled competitions around these dates as best as possible. Clubs and regions are encouraged to host competitions during the Lifesaving World Championships and Masters National Championships at venues alternative to SAALC.
Working relationship with Masters Swimming SA to strengthen:
Over the past 18 months SwimmingSA has built a working relationship with Masters Swimming SA to co-sanction selected meets and encourage participation in the sport at any age or ability across both organisations. This season SwimmingSA is introducing a ‘Masters’ strand of the competition structure to encourage participation. Both organisations will work over the next 12 months to co-sanction OWS events and leverage off the already strong Masters OWS series with the aim of incorporating this into the SwimmingSA calendar for the 2019/20 season.
Australia Day Jetty to Jetty OWS Partnership:
Following the success of the 2018 Australia Day Jetty to Jetty as part of Australia Swims, SwimmingSA will continue to support this event in 2019 by providing event support, officials and activations to encourage a new wave of participants. What better way to spend Australia Day than by the beach celebrating Australia’s love of the water and taking part in one of Adelaide’s largest open water swims!
2019 Country Regional Championships added into Competition Calendar:
A new pilot project developed by the SwimmingSA Country Committee, this event aims to encourage interclub participation and build capacity in country regions. The new event will operate in a regional representational format over three days with heats and finals for 50m and 100m events.
August and September 2019 to consist of pilot projects:
Currently there are no competitions scheduled following the 2019 South Australian Short Course Championships prior to the 2019/20 season. This break will allow clubs and SwimmingSA to pilot new initiatives and events at a time when this previously has not been possible. SwimmingSA is calling on all clubs to be innovative during this time and contact SwimmingSA for assistance in conducting short and exciting events of different formats. These can be intra or interclub, and SwimmingSA will provide support to clubs wishing to pilot new ideas. Competition opportunities will also be made available for athletes selected to represent South Australia at the State Teams Championships in September 2019.
Introduction of new competition format in February 2019:
As part of our strategy to develop innovate products, services and events to encourage participation, SwimmingSA is developing a new competition format which focuses on participation in a social and fun environment. This event will be aimed at athletes within the Development and Masters strands of the competition structure. Further information regarding this event will be available in the Handbook of Events and online closer to the event.