Activity Alliance and British Para-Swimming have taken the decision to cancel the National Para-Swimming Championships, which were planned for 16th and 17th January 2021 in Manchester, following Saturday's government announcement that England will go into a second lockdown period from 5th November 2020.
British Para-Swimming is planning to run further virtual racing opportunities for swimmers through the #RaceTheWorldPara series in 2021. More information will be available shortly.
British Para-Swimming Performance Director Chris Furber said : “It’s extremely disappointing to have to make the decision to cancel this winter’s National Para-Swimming Championships, which have been a regular feature of the national para-swimming calendar for many years now.
"Throughout the pandemic, our number one priority has been the safety of everyone involved in para-swimming, from athletes to coaches and officials, and Activity Alliance and ourselves have left this decision as late as we could.
"I want to thank Activity Alliance for their continued partnership, and I know this event will return in the future. We’ll continue to work on our virtual racing opportunities to ensure all para-swimmers have something to aim for during the winter months.”
Barry Horne, Activity Alliance's Chief Executive, added: "We know the important role this competition plays in the national swimming calendar. Our priority has always been to plan a competition that is delivered safely for participants, volunteers and officials. This has proved very difficult in these unpredictable circumstances.
"As you can imagine, we are extremely disappointed by the decision we have had to make. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with British Para-Swimming to ensure we can reschedule this important event."