British Gas ASA Open Water Age Group & Youth Championships 2009

Monday 27 July 2009 – Rother Valley Country Park, near Sheffield

Entries are now being accepted. The competition date has been selected to allow competitors to compete in the Open Water Championships whilst they are at Ponds Forge, Sheffield for the British Gas ASA Age & Youth Championships and arrangements have been made to enter the Open Water event whilst at Ponds Forge for the pool based Championships.

Points scored by Youth swimmers at Rother Valley will count towards the Top Club awards at the pool based National Youth Championships.

Mark Perry, British Swimming Open Water Performance Manager commented, “I am extremely excited by the prospect of having our experienced open water swimmers race established pool distance swimmers. This can only make the sport more competitive and hopefully we will discover some new talent. I’m also delighted with the decision to integrate open water in the Youth Championships, with the points scored by Youth swimmers counting towards the Top Club award at the pool based National Youth Championships.”

Nick Sellwood, ASA Head of Talent Development says, “The staging of both Open Water and pool ASA Age Group & Youth Championships, in close proximity provides the opportunity for talented athletes to compete in both events whilst they are tapered and rested. This is a recipe for some very fast swimming this summer!”

All swimmers must enter electronically by noon on Sunday 26 July. Click here to enter.