Swimming Canada Releases National Competitions Plan / 2017 Meets

Swimming Canada today released its Competition Improvement Plan for National-level competitions, the development of which has taken place in earnest over the first six months of 2016.  Additionally, Swimming Canada provided the background, rationale, and supporting documentation for the changes made to those events.

All of that information, as well as the proposed changes and implementation timelines, are contained in this document.

One of the most important things to note is that these changes, as stated earlier, are aimed at Swimming Canada's National meets - specifically, Canadian Trials (typically in April), Canadian Championships (typically in summer), Easterns/Westerns (now moved to April), and Canadian Junior Championships (which supplants Canadian Age Group Championships).
(Please read the document to gain an understanding of the rationale behind these changes and a basic outline of the competitions.)

The competition review for Provincial-level and developmental meets will take place beginning in autumn 2017.

One of the more significant changes being implemented right away in 2017 is that those aforementioned Swimming Canada National competitions will have only long course qualifying standards; that is, swimmers will not be able to qualify for those meets with SCM times.

Finally, Swimming Canada also made public the locations and rudimentary meet information for those 2017 meets, contained in this document.  Chronologically, the locations and dates are as followed:

  • 2017 CanAm Para-swimming Championships - Windsor, ON - March 30-April 2, 2017
  • 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials - Victoria, BC - April 6-9, 2017
  • 2017 Speedo Western Championships - Calgary, AB - April 20-23, 2017
  • 2017 Canadian Junior Championships - Toronto, ON - July 26-31, 2017
  • 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships - Montreal, QC, August 4-7, 2017

Not a Swimming Canada event per sé, but of interest to many of our members: