The BLDSA Executive Committee, hope you and your families are all well and are not physically affected by the virus and if you are, we hope you make a full recovery.
After the governments change to its advice on Covid-19 and exercising outdoors, we felt it important that we also updated our members and people who had entered our events for 2020. As previously communicated, we have cancelled all our events for 2020, offering entrants to defer their entry to 2021 or to have a refund.
In our communication detailing our difficult decision to cancel all our 2020 events, we had the well-being and safety of not only the entrants, but everyone involved in the running of the events at the heart of our decision. We are being told that social distancing is the key to beating this and this would be virtually impossible to maintain during an event. In addition, safe places to train will not be fully operational for some time and therefore proper training cannot be carried out in a safe manner. The BLDSA does not encourage lone swimming and strongly recommends its members to comply with the guidance issued by the Government (including social distancing and travel guidelines). We therefore still stand by our earlier communication of cancelling all of our events for 2020.
We hope that you continue to be safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all back to our events in 2021. Please continue to support us, to follow us on social media to see what we are doing whilst we aren’t running physical swimming events and to look out for each other during these difficult times.
Amanda Bell, President & Vince Classen, Hon. Gen. Sec.