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Statement on relay swims at British Masters Champs 2014

14 June 2014

As a result of a protest at last year’s British Masters in Plymouth, where a team fielded a swimmer who was not a member of the club, there has been a change in the procedure for clubs entering teams into relay events.

It is now a requirement that all relay swimmers must be entered onto the meet database - regardless of whether they are entering individual events or solely relays - prior to the entry closing date, to ensure that swimmers are members of the team for which they are competing.

This change was highlighted on the online entry page, and in the competitor information pack, which states clearly that all relay members must be registered individually onto the meet database.

We are aware that this has caused issues for a small number of clubs who have included swimmers in their relays who are not swimming individual events. Whilst, it is recognised that this is disappointing for swimmers, the requirements were published and there is a need to be consistent and apply a level playing field for all swimmers.

Verity Dobbie, Chair of the British Masters Committee, said: “I have every sympathy for the teams concerned. As a swimmer, I know there is nothing worse than being disqualified. It is bad enough when it is a technical infringement, so it becomes particularly hard to take over an issue such as this.

“We are committed to encouraging participation but, in the interest of fairness to the clubs who follow the rules, we need to be confident that swimmers are correctly registered with the club they are competing for.

“I understand and support the need for the change in this requirement and, as a committee, we will look at whether there is anything we can do to ensure that we do not face this issue again.”

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