Britain’s Swim Bosses Accused Of Age Bias In ‘Gold & PB – Or You Lose Funding’ Policy

Elizabeth Simmonds

As England’s Elizabeth Simmonds talks about the ‘age discrimination’ that means she gets no funding as a pace-setter in Britain, several of Britain’s leading swimmers have had funding conditions imposed on them that don’t apply to teammates. The policy has been described as part of that ‘age discrimination’ and is said to be damaging to maintaining world-class standards. Swimming who have won more than 60 international medals for Britain and the home nations of England, Scotland and Wales in international waters are among those who have been told that unless they claim gold in the fastest times of their lives during six days of racing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games starting in Australia on Thursday, they could have all remaining funding dropped even though younger, less successful teammates who fail to make the medals will continue to be funded in the hope that they come good by Tokyo 2020. That policy appears to be designed to remove the competition younger swimmers face for places on the national team instead of those swimmers having to actually learn from more experienced teammates and aspire to beating – and then actually beating – the best on their way to representing Britain on the biggest of occasions

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As England’s Elizabeth Simmonds talks about the ‘age discrimination’ that means she gets no funding as a pace-setter in Britain, several of Britain’s leading swimmers have had funding conditions imposed on them that don’t apply to teammates. The policy has been described as part of that ‘age discrimination’ and is said to be damaging to maintaining world-class standards. Swimming who have won more than 60 international medals for Britain and the home nations of England, Scotland and Wales in international waters are among those who have been told that unless they claim gold in the fastest times of their lives during six days of racing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games starting in Australia on Thursday, they could have all remaining funding dropped even though younger, less successful teammates who fail to make the medals will continue to be funded in the hope that they come good by Tokyo 2020. That policy appears to be designed to remove the competition younger swimmers face for places on the national team instead of those swimmers having to actually learn from more experienced teammates and aspire to beating – and then actually beating – the best on their way to representing Britain on the biggest of occasions

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