With no World Junior Open Water Championships taking place in 2023, Swimming New Zealand are committed to hosting an Open Water & Distance Camp in October, and selecting a team to compete at the New South Wales Open Water Championships in December.
With a need to grow Open Water athlete capacity and coaching knowledge, the selection criteria is as follows:
SNZ Open Water / Distance Training Camp 02-05 October 2023 (Hawkes Bay)
New South Wales Open Water Championships December 2023
Athletes aged 14-19 years as on 31 December 2023 (ie. born 2004-2009). Age Groups are:
14-15 years - 5.0 km
16-17 years - 7.5 km
18-19 years - 10.0 km
Athletes can qualify via two selection meets:
2023 Orangetheory NZ Open Water Swimming Championships:
Top 2 eligible athletes in each age group (14-15 years, 16-17 years & 18-19 years)
Third place athletes at the NZ Open Water Championships will be invited to the SNZ OW / Distance Training Camp.
2023 Apollo Projects NZ Swimming Champs and 2023 Apollo Projects NZ Age Group Swimming Championships:
Any athletes who achieves the 1500 pool standard (NAP Silver time plus 1.0 percent) as below (age as on 30 April 2023)
Note – up to 4 athletes can be added to the October Camp and / or NSW OW Champs via wildcard selection at the discretion of the NDL
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected after the 2023 Orangetheory NZ Open Water Championships:
The team will be confirmed and contacted by the 25th of April 2023.