The Country Swimming Championships is only a newly created event on the Australian Swimming calendar, having its inaugural occurrence in October 2022. It is a national level Swimming Championships aimed at swimmers from all regional and remote communities across Australia. Specialised event providing opportunities and experiences for swimmers to encourage retention, ongoing participation in active sporting endeavours and a love of the NT.
The Championships are targeted towards swimmers, both able bodied and para (multi-class) discipline athletes, who are locationally disadvantaged and underrepresented at existing national competitions, being from Regional areas across Australia. Age ranges for the Championships are 11yrs – 17yrs & over.
The inaugural event occurred from in October 2022 at the Parap swimming pool in Darwin. Attracting 348 individual competitive swimmers from 67 different swimming clubs from every state and territory, except Tasmania. 261 competitors and their families where from interstate. Aside from swimmers, there were many interstate technical officials and coaches present. (approximately 310 interstate active participants). The 2022 edition also provided the opportunity for Technical Official training to occur, led by 2 Fina Referees, which was of enormous benefit to all attending Technical Officials.