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National Junior Para-swimming Championships 2021 are cancelled

Swim England and the Activity Alliance have confirmed the National Junior Para-swimming Championships have been cancelled.

It had originally been scheduled to take place in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic until a date to be arranged in June.

However, the decision has now been taken not to hold the event in 2021 and the two organisations are working closely to arrange a date for the championships in 2022.

Martin Lees, Swim England para-swimming development manager, said: “It is disappointing to cancel the National Junior Para-swimming Championships.

“This is the only competition where we can bring all the junior swimmers together and watch them apply their skills in the pool.

“Safety is essential and we need to make sure that we are making the right decisions to support coaches, athletes and parents.

Top priority

“Now indoor pools have re-opened, our priority will be to support clubs, coaches, athletes and parents to re-enter the training environment.

“We will work in partnership with Activity Alliance to identify a date for this important event in 2022.”

Barry Horne, Activity Alliance chief executive, said: “It is crucial new young talent is able to develop in every sport.

“The National Junior Para-swimming Championships is an essential part of the para-swimming pathway but it also drives the wider benefits of being active for children and young people.

“We understand the important role such events can play in individual and athlete development. But as sport continues to reopen, returning safely for participants, volunteers and officials is our top priority.

“We are working closely in partnership with Swim England to make sure everyone can return to a safe and enjoyable competition environment and we are looking forward to planning the event for 2022.”