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Nationals gone virtual

27 November 2020

Nationals will look a bit different this year, but are still going ahead despite Covid-19.

In an Australian all time first, this year's Short Course National Championships are being run a little differently. Due to the impacts and restrictions of Covid-19, the safety of the community, and importantly our swimmers, is of the highest priority. However, as they say, the swim must go on, so Swimming Australia are delivering the meet virtually, with timed final sessions swum separately in each state. Time to get virtual!

At the conclusion of each timed session, the results are collated into a centralised platform which will assort the swimmers into ranks. As there are no international benchmark swims this year, the Hancock Prospecting meet has thrown in an extra, once off, prize money scheme for both athletes and coaches. Athletes who achieve first, second or third in the Games program events will earn $1200, $750 and $500 respectively, alongside their coaches who will also receive either $300, $200 or $100.

F-Teamers Jack McLoughlin and Mitch Tinsley are gearing up to race at Chandler Aquatic in Brisbane this weekend.

Many of our sponsored athletes will be bringing their A-game to this new style of meet with everyone keen to see how their times stack up after months without many events on the race calendar. F-Teamers Jacob Templeton, Jack McLoughlin, Sam Short, Jacob Hansford and Mitchel Tinsley are all ready for a fun hit out at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane. Victorians Nathan Foote, Cameron Jordan and Ryan Bicknell will bring the Funky heat to Melbourne. Noah Kamprad and Max Giuliani race their meet across Saturday and Sunday in Hobart.

South Australian F-Teamer, Travis Mahoney, has had a crazy lead up to these short course nationals. He was originally meant to race in Queensland because his home state of South Australia isn't one of the states hosting a meet. His plans were tipped upside down with the recent lock down in South Australia but he's still holding out hopes that he will be able to race in NSW. "It's been a pretty hectic week," Travis said, "but nothing is in my control so I'll just do what I can and handle the adversity."

Exciting times are ahead for this week's Hancock Prospecting Short Course National Championships for all of our swimmers and coaches. Good luck to all of our F-Teamers!

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