Dear Swimming Community
Our swimmers are slowly returning to the pool under a very regulated social-distancing environment, and unfortunately, with no parents allowed in the stands and limited competitive swimmers at each session. We have not yet returned to the pool non-National Team Swimmers or learn to swim, and the darlings of Nationals, the 8 and unders and 9-10 swimmers. This is really not ideal but it’s a start and we hope to be back to normal later this summer.
These changes can only mean that we cannot hold the 2020 National Swimming Championships in June 2020; and although we have received excellent feedback from some of you (some have not responded), I am writing to formally advise that in addition to postponing the 2020 National Swimming Championships, we cannot now confirm that the 2020 Championships will be held this year.
As the year unfolds, and we can see the impact of returning to normalcy on our swimming program, we can confirm say in September 2020 if we will be able to hold a modified National Swimming Championships in 2020.
I do hope that we are able to return all swimmers to the pool in the next 30 days and Bahamas Aquatics will continue to keep you up to date on these plans as soon as we receive more information from the Government.
The decision to be made will be whether the 2020 Championships will be mandatory (as is outlined in our Rules) and we will also provide feedback on this in our next communication.