Para-swimming will be introduced – and piloted – as part of the Swim England Masters National Championships for the first time at this year’s competition.
The event is scheduled to take place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October.
Para-swimming will be integrated into the programme as a trial, with medals up for grabs for S1-S14 classified para-swimmers in six events – as follows:
- 50m Freestyle
- 100m Freestyle
- 100m Backstroke
- 100m Breaststroke
- 100m Butterfly
- 100m Individual Medley
Following the competition, there will be an evaluation and review taken to further develop and enhance the inclusion of para-swimming at the Masters National Championships.
“We’re delighted to be trialling the inclusion of para-swimming for the first time at this year’s National Masters Championships,” said Jeroen Peters, chairperson of the Swim England Masters Working Group.
“It will be open to all classified masters swimmers.”
That means all para-swimmers wishing to compete must already have an official classiciation as no assessments will be carried out at the National Masters Championships.
Phase one entries open for the competition opened on Wednesday 7 September and will close at 12 noon on Monday 26 September.
Subject to availability, phase two entries will then open on Wednesday 28 September and will close at 12 noon on Friday 14 October.
For more details head to the Swim England Masters website.