July 08, 2021

COVID-19 restrictions continue to impact access to training and competition for the majority of athletes involved in our sport, and for the athletes only returning to training in May or June 2021, the emphasis should be on a gradual progression of training, enjoyment and building back better (technically, psychologically, physically).

Without patience and a slow return athletes may miss an opportunity to make technical changes when volume is low, intensity is low and motivation is high. Rushing back too soon may lead to injury and frustration.

With this in mind our intention is to deliver the Regional Programme in two phases in 2021-2022:

  1. Phase 1 will be delivered (in the main) virtually between October 2021 and March 2022 and we will offer places on a first-come-first-served basis to Swim Ireland-registered competitive athletes born 2005 to 2010. The Regional Pathway Programme will support male athletes born 1999 to 2004 and female athletes born 2000 to 2004 who meet the published criteria.
  2. Phase 2 will be delivered face to face between May and July 2022 and selections will consider long course performances achieved between 1st January 2022 and 24th April 2022. Consideration Standards will be published in advance of the qualification period.

Full details of the programme and how to apply will be available on the Swim Ireland website on Monday 26th July 2021.