The following athletes have been nominated to be carded for FY 16.
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Checklist for Athletes:
2016 Carding – Swimming
(Excerpts from Singapore HPS Handbook)
Background – Why is the system in place
1.1 Singapore’s HPS System The backbone of Singapore’s High Performance Sports (HPS) system is the HPS Pathway, which is based on the principles of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and has 3 key purposes:
i)Sustained sporting success at each level of Major Games,
ii)Developing the sports talent pipeline and
iii)Community contribution of supported Athletes.
In short for the HPS pathway to be successful we must first be diligent in the method athletes are selected into the pathway. LTAD starts long before an athlete enters the HPS pathway, and for SSA to attain success at Major Games we must consider carefully what each level of the pathway means in order to build the right sports talent pipeline. It’s not just about the numbers within each level, it’s about who these athletes are and, what opportunities exist to create a foundation for sustained long-term development toward the pinnacle championships.
2.1 Eligibility Criteria for HPS Pathway Support (Carding)
Nominees for the HPS pathway must be Singapore citizens who are of good character and eligible to represent Singapore in Major Games and/or significant Asian/World Championships that are sanctioned by the respective International Sport Federations.
Consideration for HPS pathway support is based on the profile of the past 12 months (for swimming 1 Nov to 31 Oct) performance or the potential to achieve at the Major games. Performance is assessed on the athlete’s performance profile and not on any single point of achievement during the assessment period. (See Carding Selection Criteria for current year).
Selection Criteria - All criteria are based on current environments in the national, regional and international swimming landscape but maintain the principle of providing opportunity for long-term athlete development toward Major Championship goals. To stay competitive within Asia and the World, SSA’s selection criteria follows the following system (only Olympic Events accepted for criteria):
Level 1: Top 8 ranking in the World (ranking as of Oct 31, 2 athletes per nation)
Level 2 : Time equal to or faster than the 6th Place finish at the last Asian Games.
Level 3 : Time equal to or faster than the 4th place finish at the last SEA Games.
*Level 4 : Average of three highest FINA point scores. (Minimum average 650 – 3 different events)
*Level 4P: Average of the three highest FINA point scores. (Minimum average over 600- 3 different events)
*Note: 30 total males and 30 total females will be selected for L4 and L4P. First consideration to L4 with the remaining places up to 30 filled with L4P.
Carding is divided into two sections of consideration, youth development (L4 and L4P) and senior development (L1-L3). Although distinction between youth and senior levels can be misleading only L4P is restricted by age limit. LP4 is restricted to athletes 18 years and younger.
How the Process Works
What Carded Athletes Receive
Upon confirmation of carding, athletes can benefit from financial support and access to SSI support services appropriate to their level of carding. (See Singapore HPS Handbook for more details section 2.3)
Carding is also the first step toward enhanced levels of support for athletes on track to excel at the Major Games Levels – Asian and World Levels. The Sports Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship) is competitive and supports talented athletes who:
HPS Pathways’ objective is to produce World Class, Olympic calibre swimmers and the Support Schemes in place beginning with Carding are to provide assistance to swimmers so they can maintain the needed high level training and competitive programs to sustain continued progress toward these long-term goals.
Responsibilities of the Athlete during the Carding Cycle
SSA monitors all carded athletes to ensure they are fulfilling their responsibilities toward training and competition.
Athletes must update achievements quarterly in ICAN and update iCan system with latest details.
Each carded athlete will be responsible to work with their coach to maintain the requirements within a carding season, although working with your coach responsibility is on the athlete to ensure all timelines are met for submission. This includes:
On Acceptance of the Carding Level -
Upon signing the athlete agreement, it becomes your responsibility to keep up with requirements to maintain the privileges within each level of carding. This applies to ALL athletes locally and internationally based.
Changes to Attainment L4 and L4P from 2015 to 2016
The base of athletes in this carding level has the expectation to develop toward the first Major Games Level (SEA Games) and their potential to further progress through the pipeline to L1 (World Ranking, Olympic Medallist). Swimmers that are exposed to a diverse development program that focuses on attainment of a wide range of skills are proven world-wide to have the best opportunity for long-term success. It is essential that the Singapore swimming fraternity adopts this path to keep up with her neighbours and the world. Specialization at a young age is what robs young athletes of reaching their true potential and ultimately places a ceiling on a nations ability to produce athletes to represent at the highest level. If we consider who are Singapore’s most elite swimmers today, each of them have the capacity to perform across many events and are only now beginning to specialize, case in point Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen. So who are our next generation of swimmers when we look to Tokyo 2020 and beyond?
To address diversity of skill acquisition and development models that place more emphasis on ability to perform across a range of events we have taken the first step in a two-step model:
Step 1. Carding 2016 -
Step 2. Proposed inclusion to Carding 2017 -
The introduction of the 200 IM as one of the required events as the 3 event average score.
In time further consideration will be given to defining how we select this carding level to ensure these athletes are continuing to close the gap against their international peers and improving the base in which Singapore’s future Olympic Medallists will develop. From these initial changes in the SSA carding selection system we can now challenge the pathways that develop Singapore’s Swimming Youth, to create better opportunity to enter the HPS pathways and future success in the sport.
Singapore High Performance Handbook - Click Here
2016 Carding Criteria - Click Here