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Aon 2020 NZ Short Course Championships - Answers to your questions



Hi swimming community,

 
Following yesterday’s announcement that as a result of Auckland’s Level 2 Covid restrictions and Hamilton City Council’s interpretation of them, we will not to able to cater for Auckland and Counties Manukau swimmers at the event while Auckland remains at Alert Level 2, hopefully, Tuesday and Wednesday only, we received a number of questions from people which we have tried to answer below to give you all some additional information.  Further information will be provided early next week.
 
  1. Will there be an opportunity for Auckland and Counties swimmers to race on Tuesday and Wednesday?
Yes. We are supporting North Shore Swimming Club and Swimming Auckland to put together an opportunity for swimmers to race and achieve times. More information regarding this opportunity, likely to be held at AUT Millennium, will be provided in the coming days as plans are confirmed.
 
  1. Did SNZ consider postponing or adjusting the event?
Yes.  All possible options were considered, with some of these options including:
  • Splitting sessions into multiple sessions with no more than 100 Aucklanders. However, all different variations were tallied up but all still exceeded the 100 Aucklanders restriction when including coaches, managers, Auckland based event staff and Auckland officials. 
  • Only permitting the fastest 3 qualifiers from Auckland in each event to compete. However, again this option still exceeded the 100 Aucklanders restriction that is being enforced when included swimmers, coaches managers etc. 
  • Shifting the dates to Thursday – Monday. There is no certainty that the government announced on Monday 5 October will reduce Auckland to Level 1 from Thursday morning and everyone who is attending has already booked their accommodation, flights, etc for Tuesday – Saturday. 
  • Postpone the event – when considering school exams and term 4 dates, there is no other date option available in 2020.
 
  1. Do Aucklanders need to withdraw from events on Day 1 and 2?
No. Aucklanders just need to withdraw from events on Day 3 onwards if they are no longer intending to attend if Level 1 restrictions for Auckland are introduced on Thursday 8 October.
 
  1. Will there be spectator tickets for sale in Hamilton?
Possibly. A decision will be confirmed and communicated next week. The event will be livestreamed and available free-to-air on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel. 
 
  1. Will the event still be a “Nationals”?
Yes and No.  Any finals raced that have the ability to include Aucklanders, hopefully,Thursday – Saturday, will be officially recorded as National Championship results. Those finals that are swum when Aucklanders are not allowed to attend, at this stage Tuesday and Wednesday, will be officially recorded as part of the 2020 Aon NZ Short Course Series. 

Ngā mihi nui,


 
Steve Johns
Chief Executive
Swimming New Zealand