National Swimming Squads 2018 – March 2018

National Swimming Squads 2018 (announced 16th March)

  1. BACKGROUND

In view of the principles inherent in the model for Long Term Participant Development (LTPD), as well as the stringent requirements for selection of athletes and teams to major events under the Jurisdiction of SASCOC, we have aligned our strategies with the LTPD Model and SASCOC’s strategic thrusts in this regard. Critical to this alignment process is to focus on support and development of swimming talent for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Olympics.

To achieve this, SSA has developed a squad system with the objective to increase our pool of talent for the future, with various levels of support, dependant on available resources.

Note that while some athletes may receive support largely based on their world ranking, others might not receive the same extent of support. This means that some of the squad activities might be fully funded, partially subsidized or self-funded.

  1. OBJECTIVES
    2.1.  To identify athletes that will deliver medal winning performances at senior international competitions and at the 2020 Olympic Games;
    2.2.  To facilitate support services to identified South African based athletes;
    2.3.  To ensure exposure to international participation to increase the pool of elite level athletes, with a view to enhancing performances; and
    2.4.  To ensure the future makeup of our teams is representative of the demographics of the country.
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  2. KEY INDICATORS
    3.1.  The number of semi-finals and finals achieved at major international competitions (Olympic Games and World Championships);
    3.2.  The number of swimmers appearing in the World rankings.
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  3. SSA NATIONAL SWIMMING SQUADS
    4.1.  Elite Senior Squad
    4.2.  Senior Squad
    4.3.  Elite Youth Squad
    4.4.  Senior Youth Squad
    4.5.  Junior Youth Squad
    4.6.  Elite Junior Squad
    4.7.  Junior Squad 
  1. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR SQUADS
    5.1. Selection will be based on Olympic events only, and squads will be selected on the 2018 SSA Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals results.

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