Novices Aquatics back after 2-year break

14th Annual Sri Lanka Schools All Island Age Group Novices Aquatic Championships 2022

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The 14th Annual Sri Lanka Schools All Island Age Group Novices Aquatic Championships for 2022 organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Aquatic Sports Association will be held on the 13th and 14th of August and from the 19th – 21st Aug at the Sugathadasa Swimming Pool Complex.

More than 2000 girls and boys are set to take part in this competition with the girls’ events for girls scheduled to be held on the 13th and 14th of August while the boys’ events are scheduled for 19th – 21st of August. The diving competition is scheduled to be on the 20th and 21st of August.

The main objective of this competition is to introduce the competitive environment to beginner-level school swimmers and divers. The meet will be conducted for 6 age groups ranging from under 11 to under 20 for both girls and boys. All age groups will have 5 swimming events, the 50m race of all four strokes and the 200m IM. Every swimmer will be allowed to participate in 3 events. The diving competition will have only 1 event, 1m Springboard for all age groups where a diver must perform 5 dives.

All participants who make the top 8 positions in each event will qualify for the All-Island Age Group Novices Aquatic Championships. The top 3 positions from under 14 to under 20 age groups will be awarded medals and individual championships. Under 10 and 12 age groups top 8 positions will receive qualification certificates without placings due to Education Ministry Guidelines.

The 13th Annual Sri Lanka Schools All Island Age Group Novices Aquatic Championships had to pause their competition back in March 2020 after the girls’ swimming championships due to the Covid-19 pandemic having only 1 day left for the boys’ championships. Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo was able to win the girls’ overall swimming team championship in 2020 for the 2nd consecutive year while the last boys’ overall swimming team championship was won by Richmond College, Galle in 2019.