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Nationals have gone virtual

27 November 2020

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Nationals will look different this year, but are still going ahead despite Covid-19.

In an Australian all time first, this year's Short Course National Championships are being run a little differently. Due to the impacts and restrictions of Covid19, the safety of the community, and importantly our swimmers, is of the highest priority. However, as they say, the swim must go on, so Swimming Australia are delivering the meet virtually, with timed final sessions swum separately in each state. Time to get virtual!

At the conclusion of each timed session, the results are collated into a centralised platform which will assort the swimmers into ranks. As there are no international benchmark swims this year, the Hancock Prospecting meet has thrown in an extra, once off, prize money scheme for both athletes and coaches. Athletes who achieve first, second or third in the Games program events will earn $1200, $750 and $500 respectively, alongside their coaches who will also receive either $300, $200 or $100.

Gabi Peiniger
F-Teamer Gabi Peiniger is excited to be back even though racing virtually is a bit daunting

Many of our sponsored athletes will be bringing their A-game to this new style of meet, with Gabi Peiniger noting that although "this new racing seems a bit daunting, it is a great reminder that you have to just focus on your own swimming!" For many, this is the first meet since February, and as Gabi mentions, it is the perfect opportunity to have a good crack without the atmospheric pressure of a National meet.

F-Teamers Sarah Beale, Tiana Kritzinger, Abby Schoorl, Tianni Gilmore, Tessa Wallace, Katja Dedekind, Lucky Patterson, Stefanie McCarthy, Mikhaila Flint, Meg Bailey, and Georgia Powell are all ready for a fun hit out at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane. In NSW, Taylor Corry prepares to represent the Funky Para swimmers at SOPAC, whilst the Victorian Funkita swimmers Olivia Lefoe, Ashley Weill, Sophie Caldwell, Layla Day and Gabi Peiniger will bring the Funky heat to Melbourne. Matilda Smith will race across Saturday and Sunday in Hobart, and finally, Holly Barratt and Blair Evans will smash it out in WA over the weekend.

Exciting times are ahead for this week's Hancock Prospecting Short Course National Championships for all of our swimmers and coaches. Good luck to all of our F-Teamers!

 
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