You may be aware that a number of swimming regions, both internationally (states in Australia and the US) and throughout New Zealand (Swimming Otago, Canterbury West Coast and Swimming Auckland) have banned the use of Technical / Performance Race Suits for their junior swimmers (swimmers age 12 years and under).
As a result of those decisions, the Board of Swimming Waikato has looked into whether banning these suits was also the right decision for the Waikato region.
After researching this issue, and after having discussions with a number of our Coaches and with Club representatives at our 2018 Annual General meeting, the Board of Swimming Waikato will introduce a ban on these suits, for swimmers aged 12/U, at all swim meets hosted in the Waikato. Please note that this ban does not include “Jammers” (knee length swim suits/togs).
This ban will come into effect from 15 December 2018 (our Waikato Christmas Meet).
What is a Technical / Performance Race Suit ?
Our Rationale –
Over the next few weeks, we will provide more information about how this ban will be enforced. The purpose of this ‘heads up’ is to ensure that our families do not purchase new technical / performance race suits for their young swimmers in the meantime.
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