Please note: changes to the Metropolitan Championships Age groups:
12 year old female swimmers and 13 year old male swimmers can only compete in one Metropolitan Championships per season
E.g. If a female swimmer is 12yrs old and doesn’t age up till after the Australian Age Championships (turns 13 after 15 April, 2019) then Swimming NSW recommends that they follow the Junior State Stream (as outlined below)
E.g. If a male swimmer is 13yrs old and doesn’t age up till after the Australian Age Championships (turns 14 after 15 April, 2019) then Swimming NSW recommends that they follow the Junior State Stream (as outlined below)
E.g. If a swimmer ages up and is eligible to compete at the 2019 Australian Age Championships then Swimming NSW recommends that they follow the Australian Age Stream (as outlined below)
Note 1: Once a Swimmer selects either the Australian Age Stream or the Junior State Stream and swims at their first Championship event, they must stay in that stream for the duration of the season.
Note 2: Ultimately it is up to the Swimmer, their Coach and their parent/guardian(s) about which stream is best for them.
Note 3: If you compete in the first age group, the Senior State Stream, and then enter the second Junior State Stream, YOUR ENTRIES WILL BE WITHDRAWN AND NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN. All entrants into the Junior State Stream will be checked. (Even though the Online Entry system will "let you" enter both - the rules state that you cannot enter both)
Rationale: With the 10/U-12 Years State Age Championships being previously held in December & January and these swimmers now not being eligible to compete at the National Age Championships, the swimming season is effectively over for those athlete’s mid-way through the season. This change extends the season for these swimmers until the end of March giving them more opportunities to qualify for the State Age Championships. This change also creates separate Metropolitan and State Age Championship events for these swimmers which will reduce time constraints at these events, which means Swimming NSW can allow more swimmers to compete at these events.
Australian Age Stream
1st - 2nd December, 2018 - SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships - SOPAC
14th - 19th December, 2018 - SNSW Senior State Age Championships - SOPAC
15th - 22nd April, 2019 - Australian Age Championships - ADELAIDE
Junior State Stream
2nd - 3rd March, 2019 - SNSW Junior Metropolitan Championships - SOPAC
30th - 31st March, 2019 - SNSW Junior State Age Championships - SOPAC