Swim England, the national governing body of water sports in England, has today announced the cancellation of all remaining events for this year.
In a statement released this morning, the reason for the decision has been quoted as being “to allow [Swim England] to start planning for its competitions in 2021” and to “ensure athletes do not rush back to full fitness and potentially put themselves at the risk of injury when pools are eventually reopened”.
Prior to this announcement, all events until the end of August had been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. This had already led to the cancellation of the National Summer Meet which was due to take place in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool from July 29th-August 2nd.
As per this announcement, the meets affected are:
- Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships (Nene Park, Peterborough)
- Swim England National County Team Championships (Ponds Forge)
- Swim England Masters National Championships (Ponds Forge)
- Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships U15s Finals (Ponds Forge)
- Swim England Artistic Swimming National Masters Championships (K2 Crawley)
- Swim England Masters Swimming Inter County Team Event (various venues)
- Swim England Winter Championships (Ponds Forge)
- Swim England National Awards
Last week, Swim England announced that guidance for the re-opening of pools would be issued on June 15th to help the aquatics sector to prepare. According to the UK government, pools in the UK will not be opening before July 4th.
However, George Wood – Director of Sport Development at SE – has said in the statement that “with no knowledge as to when mass gatherings will be allowed, we [are] better off starting to prepare for next year’s competitions”.
They added, “The Swim England Discipline Leadership Groups will publish guidance for the reintroduction of competition, licensed or otherwise in their respective discipline once appropriate information is known”.