Swimming Australia in conjunction with its State Associations is preparing to unveil a major domestic competition program to simulate the intensity of international racing in the lead up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre – host of the NSW State Championships and the Sydney Open Meets – is expected to play a key role in the National Events scheduling for the 2021 Olympic Games.
COVID-19 will almost certainly put a stop to international travel for Australians over the next 12 months.
Swimming Australia’s High Performance strategist, dual 1984 Canadian Olympic gold medallist Alex Baumann has revealed the calendar has already been shared with his elite band of coaches.
Baumann said one of the remaining issues centred around the finalisation of venues – but he revealed today they were close to making an announcement.
“Given that everything has shifted for 12 months, I think what’s very important is for Australia to have a strong domestic calendar,” said Baumann.
“We really don’t know when we will be able to travel internationally again.
“I really think those (international) competitions will be few and far between so what we are trying to do is align all our competitions with the States and the National body.
“This will ensure we have competitions on a monthly event basis …that will simulate that intensity that we really need going into the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “