It is this time of year again, where our young and promising swimmers compete in the London Region Age-group championships. The times are fast and furious.
Madison meets the times for her actual age, at the date of the competition but the rules require to state the age for the competition at 1 year older than she actually is and so Madison is always slightly slow each year. At the time of the competition Madison is 12 but needs to swim the 13-year-old times. I suppose she’ll have to wait until she is 17 before she can get the regional time and then progress from there.
I’ll have to check how different swimmers develop to see if there is a chance that some swimmers get fast later and some earlier than others.
Lets see if the swimming lasts that long. Madison is very determined right now. In British Swimming open aging starts for females born 1999 or earlier. So that Madison needs to be 17/18 to get a level-playing field.
Obviously swimmers need to compete at the age that they are on 31 December 2017. If a swimmer is born in January 2017, they have a huge age advantage. Madison is born in June and has 6 month to make up.
It remains to be seen if Madison can close that gap eventually. Madison surely loves swimming and will try her hardest.