National Junior Para-swimming Championships 2021 postponed

The National Junior Para-swimming Championships planned for March 2021 has been postponed.

Organised by the Activity Alliance and supported by Swim England, it is hoped the event will now take place in June next year.

The decision was taken with uncertainty surrounding what coronavirus restrictions might be in place when the championships were due to take place.

A window to hold the event in June has been identified and further information will be released in due course.

Martin Lees, Swim England para-swimming development manager, said it was a shame the championships had been postponed but understood that it was the right decision.

He added: “It is disappointing to postpone the National Junior Championships.

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

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

Important role

“We have identified a weekend in June for this event to be held and in 2021 we will provide a further update.”

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 returning safely for participants, volunteers and officials is our top priority.

“We are working closely with Swim England and within guidance to make sure everyone can return to a safe and enjoyable competition environment.”