Swimming Canada has released its “World Class On Track Times” for the 2020 Olympic Cycle, as part of a program initiated in 2013 focused on identifying young talent with the potential to represent Canada on the world stage.
The times aim to help Swimming Canada recognize developing talent to help coach the swimmers to their top potential. This cycle’s On Track Times use the 16th-place time from the Rio 2016 Olympics as a target time for 2020.
The standards are divided into three “tracks.” While Track 1 is set to identify early developers, Tracks 2 and 3 should identify later developers in an event.
Track 1 sets a target time to be reached four years before the average age of a finalist in each event. So, since the average age of the Rio 2016 Olympic women’s 400 IM finalists was 21, the target time should be reached at 17. Track 2 and Track 3 are set for swimmers to reach the 16th-place time one and two years later than Track 1.
“Every sport should have a method of identifying talent within the sport pathway,” said Swimming Canada‘s high performance director John Atkinson. “These On Track Times will increase the probability of identifying the right athletes to invest in for future Olympic success. We have worked with our partners on fine-tuning this system and feel confident it will enhance the ability of Swimming Canada and and the provincial swimming sections to identify young athletes who may become the next generation of international swimmers.”
Women’s 2017-2020 Swimming Canada On Track Times
Men’s 2017-2020 Swimming Canada On Track Times