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2023/24 Event Calendar



Swimming NZ competition structure and Balance is Better alignment.


Swimming New Zealand released its policy on events and its new structure of having "Designated meets" and "Development meets” in 2021. The regions have consequently aligned their competition calendars and meets to this new structure. Regionally, Swimming Wellington has also taken into consideration the changing environment of competitive sport, understanding the broader environmental strategies in play associated to competitive sport and its role in society.


To that end, Swimming Wellington supports swimming both adapting and responding to this environmental shift and therefore supports the restructure of Swimming Wellington competitions into ‘Designated’ and ‘Development’ meets in line with Swimming New Zealand’s policy. The structure means ‘Development’ meets (meets run at Tier 3 or below) focus on the joy of competitive racing and skills development, with ‘Designated’ meets providing the opportunity for swimmers to achieve qualifying times for national events and a greater emphasis on performance.


See below list of meets that are 'Designated' within the Wellington region in the 2023/24 year (Regional Championships, Tier 1 & 2 meets):


Please note the 2024 calendar year (January - December) is currently under review, some events below are TBC due to pool availability.

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Event Name

Wellington Long Course

Wellington Relays

Wellington Short Course

Wellington Juniors

Tier 1 Meet 2

Wairarapa T2

PCA/Tawa T2

Dates

1 - 3 December 2023

16 September 2023

TBC 2024

23 - 24 September 2023

8 July 2023

2 September 2023

14 October 2023

Venue

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Trust House Recreational Centre

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

LC/SC

50m

25m

25m

25m

25m

25m

25m

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Event Name

Otaki T2

T2 designated

T2 designated

T2 designated

T1 designated

T1 designated

Wellington Long Distance

Dates

28 October 2023

10 February 2024

24 February 2024

27 April 2024

16 March 2024

25 May 2024

TBC

Venue

Coastlands Aquatic Centre

TBC

TBC

TBC

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

TBC

Coastlands Aquatic Centre

LC/SC

25m

50m

50m

25m

50m

50m

25m


What is a Designated event? And who is it aimed at?


This event targets the competitive swimmer who is aspirational and has an emphasis on performance. These athletes are typically at an advanced stage of their development. These events tend to provide opportunities to qualify for national championship events and recognition into SNZ HP athlete development programmes. These events are officiated to a national and international standard.


What is a Development event? And who is it aimed at?


This event targets the competitive, club and recreational swimmer who is developing their skills as a competitive swimmer. These events recognise that participants do the sport for different reasons and allow clubs and SW to structure events that align to the participants needs. It also offers competitive swimmers the opportunity to practice aspects of their performance in a non outcome focused environment, before progressing onto the designated events.


Development events provide the athlete and coach a safe environment to build more than just sport skills by taking away the focus of results on the scoreboard and focusing on the development of the person and concepts associated to growth mindset and psycho social skills and behaviours.


If you have any questions on the new structure for the events in our region please do contact Louise Tresch at Louise@swimwn.co.nz to discuss further.


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