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OWS TEAM SELECTION CRITERIA

NMBA Constitution Clause 13.1

Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA), in its authority as selector of NMBA swimmers to be recommended for selection to the Eastern Cape Aquatics (ECA) Team, has set selection criteria for recommendation to the ECA Team.  In order to be recommended for selection to the ECA Team, NMBA swimmers need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Be in good standing with their Club, District, ECA and Swimming South Africa (SSA).
  2. Must be capitated with NMBA and SSA.
  3. Where these criteria refer to a swimmer’s age, the age will mean the age on 31 December 2020 (the year of the SSA OWS National Championships).
  4. No swimmer under the age of 13 years will be eligible for selection to the NMBA Team.
  5. Only swimmers that are 10 years of age or older, may compete in the 3km.
  6. Only swimmers that are 14 years of age or older, may compete and qualify in the 5km and/or 10km.
  7. Only Masters and swimmers that are 13 years of age may compete and qualify under the one (1) distance category in 9.1 below. All other swimmers must compete and qualify under the two (2) distance category in 9.2 below.
  8. Swimmers must participate in a minimum of two (2) of the four (4) scheduled NMBA District events during the season,
  9. Achieve the SSA Qualifying Time in the distance in which they wish to compete at SA Open Water Nationals as follows:
    • Competing in one (1) distance:
      • Twice at an SSA sanctioned event during the season, and
      • Once at the NMBA District Championship event during the season
    • Competing in two (2) distances:
      • Once per distance at an SSA sanctioned event during the season, and
      • Once per distance at the NMBA District Championship event during the season.
  1. Swimmers must compete in their chosen distance(s) at the NMBA District Championship and at the SA Open Water Nationals. No change of distance will be allowed at the SA Open Water Nationals without the NMBA OWS Selection Committee’s prior approval.
  2. Swimmers may compete outside of the District and/or Province. Results of non-NMBA events will be considered for NMBA Team selection, provided that:
    • The event is sanctioned by SSA;
    • It is the Swimmer’s responsibility to supply the NMBA OWS Selection Committee Convenor with the necessary proof of participation, SSA sanction and result from an event outside of the NMBA District.
  3. Swimmers that are 14 to 19 years of age shall provide an official for no less than three events during the season in order to be eligible for selection to the NMBA Team. Swimmers that are unable to meet this requirement may submit a written application for exemption to the OWS Committee Convener by 30 November 2019.  Late applications will not be considered.
  4. The 1.0 km scheduled events are for growth and development only. Results and participation in these events will not be considered for NMBA Team selection.
  5. The 7.5 km scheduled events are included to give Under 18 swimmers an opportunity to record an official 7.5 km time, and to provide an opportunity for 5km swimmers to progress to the 10km event.
  6. The course layout allows 10km swimmers to touch for a 7.5km and/or a 5km time, and for 7.5km swimmers to touch for a 5km time. Touch times will only be considered for selection purposes if the swimmer completes  the event (distance) that they entered.
  7. The disciplinary record of a swimmer will be taken into consideration when selecting team members.
  8. Should a swimmer be unable to meet the NMBA team selection criteria due to reasons beyond his or her control, then supporting documentation must be provided to the NMBA OWS Selection Committee Convenor prior to selection.
  9. Compliance with the NMBA Team selection criteria will NOT guarantee selection. The final recommendation will be taken by the OWS Selection Committee and must be ratified by the NMBA Executive before a recommendation will be submitted to ECA.
  10. All NMBA swimmers selected to the ECA team will be expected to abide by NMBA team management rules and NMBA Code of Conduct.

NMBA OWS Calendar

  1. 13 October 2019, Marina Martinique, OWS Round 1, 10km, 7.5km, 5km, 3km, 1.0km
  2. 24 November 2019, Marina Martinique, OWS Round 2, 10km, 7.5km, 5km, 3km, 1.0km
  3. 8 December 2019, Marina Martinique, OWS Round 3, 10km, 7.5km, 5km, 3km, 1.0km
  4. 12 January 2020, Marina Martinique, OWS Round 4, 10km, 7.5km, 5km, 3km, 1.0km
  5. 25 January 2020, Marina Martinique, NMBA Championships 10km, 3km
  6. 26 January 2020, Marina Martinique, NMBA Championships 5 km, Inter Club Relay (4 x 1.25 km ; 2 Male/2 Female)
  7. 15 / 16 February 2020, Venue TBA, NMBA OWS Team Camp
  8. 07 / 08 March 2020, Marina Martinique, SSA National Championships

 

SA National Championship Qualifying Time 2019/20

                          Ladies                            Men

10 km                 2 hr 40 min                    2 hr 30 min

5 km                   1 hr 25 min                    1 hr 15 min

3 km                   50 min                          48 min

 

Multi Disability

3 km                  65 min                          60 min

5 km                  1 hr 45 min                   1 hr 35 min

 

Masters (31 & over)

3 km                  54 min                            52 min           

 

TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY SSA

 

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