Swim Ireland has announced details of their Elite Irish National Team Trials for the 2021 International Summer Meets, which will serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The trials will run from 20-24 April at the National Aquatic Centre and will comprise of a full Olympic programme with heats, semi-finals, and finals in all 50m, 100m and 200m events and heats and finals in 400m, 800m and 1500m events.
The trials will only be open to Ireland's elite performance athletes currently training in recognised training bubbles at the National NAC, the National Centre Limerick and at Bangor Aurora, as well as those identified athletes of similar standing who are living and training abroad.
2012 Olympian Nicholas Quinn, who is training in Scotland and Mona McSharry, who is based in the USA, fit into that criteria and will have to travel home to compete as it’s a mandatory requirement for Ireland’s carded swimmers.
Those chosen to compete will have the opportunity to meet qualification standards for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2021 LEN European Championships in Budapest (Hungary) in May, the FISU World University Games in Chengdu (China) in August and the LEN European Junior Championships in July, with a venue yet to be confirmed.
"As we continue to deal with the challenge that Covid presents us, we felt that it was important to provide athletes with the best possible opportunity to qualify for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and/or for other Irish National Teams this summer whilst recognising that a lot of the athletes that would normally partake in this competition will not feature as they have not been able to train and prepare for a number of weeks," said Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd
"The event will be live streamed, and our swimming community will be able to join us each day to cheer on those looking to represent their nation this summer and we believe that the balance that this gives us in April is one which will be fully understood and supported by those involved in Irish swimming."