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Would-be world junior swimmers to compete in Junior Rankings Initiatives

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Due to the recent announcement that Canada will not attend the 2021 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, Swimming Canada will run a series of Junior Ranking Initiatives.

Running from May 15 to Aug. 15, the Junior Rankings Initiatives will recognize swimmers and coaches who would have been involved in training and competing for selection to the world juniors.

“This is an extremely important target group in the continuing development of Canada’s future international success,” said National Development Coach Ken McKinnon.

Swimming Canada will run ranking periods for junior swimmers in order to recognize performances at the Olympic Swimming Trials June 19-23 and through unofficial time trials. The first ranking will include performances from May 15 to June 15, followed by a second period June 16 to July 15. These rankings will recognize the top two swimmers (and their coaches) in all Olympic events, and the top four swimmers in the 100-m and 200-m freestyle events. Long-course and short-course rankings will be posted as a Junior Standing Team for that ranking period.

The final ranking will recognize and reward long-course and short-course performances submitted throughout the summer.

“While the Junior Rankings Initiatives will not fully replace the experience of competing for Canada at the World Junior Championships, Swimming Canada hopes to use this series to keep athletes, coaches and clubs motivated and engaged in their in-house training during the COVID-19 pandemic,” McKinnon said. “The ranking series will also work to recognize and reward junior swimmers and their coaches for their continued work throughout the various health restrictions in place around Canada.”