October 28, 2020
Our sport has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with clubs struggling to return to full training and athletes not having had a chance to race in a long course Benchmark Meet since July 2019.
Competitions have been suspended since March 2020 and current restrictions continue to impact the ability of Regions and Swim Ireland to deliver inclusive racing opportunities.
Without any current competitive results from which to select athletes, and with access to training restricted for so many clubs, our intention is to deliver the Regional Squad Programme virtually between January and June in 2021, and offer these learning opportunities to registered competitive athletes who meet the criteria outlined below.
This is our plan to align the delivery of the Regional Squad Programme in 2020-21 with that of the Government of Ireland’s and the Northern Ireland Executive’s risk management strategy for the next 6-9 months.
Any enquiries from coaches or athletes, who require clarity on any of the information within this document, should be directed to the National Performance Pathway Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org