Manchester International Swim Meet To Be Livestreamed


Live swimming will actually be taking place this weekend in Great Britain amidst much of the nation still under strict coronavirus-related lockdowns.

As we reported on February 4th, organizers confirmed that the annual Manchester International Swim Meet, slated for February 12th-14th would indeed proceed, albeit with several changes having to be implemented from years past.

As a bonus, the action will be livestreamed on British Swimming‘s YouTube channel, giving viewers their first taste of live swimming in that part of the world in nearly a year. A link to day 1’s stream is in the bullet list above.

Much of the United Kingdom has been under national-level lockdowns, with only elite athletes able to train at this time. Following the government’s COVID-19 protocols, the meet will be restricted to these elite athletes only. Specifically for England, only those athletes on the government-approved Elite Athlete Return to Training lists are permitted to compete, with the competition run under the corresponding DCMS guidelines.

The approach to producing the meet is much akin to the International Swimming League (ISL) bubble in Budapest. British Swimming, Manchester City Council, GLL and The City of Manchester Swim Team (COMAST) have collaborated to ensure that traffic flow, athlete confinement outside of competition and social distancing rules are followed and guidelines are adhered to throughout the competition.

Expected competitors include Adam Peaty, James Wilby and Luke Greenbank, with these three already having been named the Tokyo Olympic teamParalympic champions Ellie Simmonds and Ellie Robinson are also expected to compete.

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4 months ago

The dates at the very top are mixed up a little

But I will be watching! Thanks for the link!

4 months ago

Mixed feelings, very happy to see a competition in Britain but looking at start lists there are plenty of faster swimmers (younger and older) not picked and supported to train and compete by British Swimming.

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4 months ago

The swimmers invited to compete are part of either elite GB programs or Elite home nations program, so the swimmers which are faster younger/older aren’t on the elite squads. I think its the only way to make it fair at this point, have those which are part of a squad (home nation / centre) racing.

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