SSA announces cancellation of 2020 Championships

posted on 23 March, 2020

School Sport Australia (SSA) advises that due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent restriction on school sport programs, SSA has cancelled all Championships for 2020.

This is in addition to the previous announcement of the cancellation of the 2020 SSA Triathlon (13 – 19 Years) & Aquathlon (11 – 12 Years), 18 Years & Under Baseball, 18 Years & Under Tennis and 17 Years & Under Softball Championships that were scheduled to be held between March and May 2020. The 2020 Championships that have been added to this list are:

  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Australian Football – Adelaide, SA – 1 to 8 August
  • 14 Years & Under Boys and Girls Australian Football – Darwin, NT – 8 to 15 August
  • Combined (12 Years & Under and 18 Years & Under) Boys and Girls Basketball – Bendigo, Vic – 15 to 21 August
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Cricket – Bendigo, Vic – 7 to 14 November
  • 10 to 19 Years Boys and Girls Cross Country – Adelaide, SA – 21 to 24 August
  • 10 to 19 Boys and Girls Years Diving – Brisbane, Qld – 21 to 27 November
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Football – Darwin, NT – 13 to 18 September
  • 16 Years & Under Boys / 18 Years & Under Girls Football – Sydney, NSW – 13 to 18 September
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Golf – Canberra, ACT – 8 to 12 November
  • 18 Years & Under Boys and Girls Golf – Bellarine Peninsula, Vic – 23 to 28 August
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Hockey – Canberra, ACT – 16 to 21 August
  • 16 Years & Under Boys and Girls Hockey – Hobart, Tas – 1 to 8 August
  • 12 Years & Under Netball – Sydney, NSW – 13 to 19 September
  • 15 Years & Under Girls Netball – Canberra, ACT – 18 to 24 July
  • 12 Years & Under Rugby League – Perth, WA – 9 to 16 May
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Softball – Melbourne, Vic – 22 to 27 November
  • 13 to 19 Years Boys and Girls Swimming – Brisbane, Qld – 5 to 9 August
  • 10 to 12 Years Boys and Girls Swimming – Brisbane, Qld – 8 to 12 August
  • 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls Tennis – Canberra, ACT – 17 to 24 October
  • Combined (12 Years & Under and 15 Years & Under) Boys and Girls Touch Football – Wagga Wagga, NSW – 1 to 6 November
  • 10 to 12 Years Boys and Girls Track & Field – Cairns, Qld – 20 – 24 November
  • 15 Years & Under Boys and Girls Volleyball – Brisbane, Qld – 15 to 21 August

SSA President Graeme Jennings said “The Board of School Sport Australia is again saddened to add these championships to the list of those we have already cancelled. The Board continues to sympathise with students and teachers as we understand many would have begun preparation for this year’s Championships. However, the safety and welfare of students and teachers plus all other people involved in our championships is paramount to SSA hence the decision to cancel them”.

Mr Jennings went on to say “Like everyone in the community, we hope the restrictions on sporting activities are lifted as soon as possible. We recognise however that this is an issue that may take many months to overcome. A number of member bodies have indicated they will not be in a position to select and prepare teams in 2020 hence the decision to cancel, not postpone, the Championships”.

For further information on how this impacts State and Territory school sport programs, please contact your State / Territory School Sport Office. Their contact details are available on the SSA website at:
http://www.schoolsportaustralia.edu.au/stateterritory-school-sport-offices/.