Athletes with recognised potential to make the Youth Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games are identified by club coaches and recommended for inclusion on the Pathway Programme. The programme provides additional coaching, fitness and financial support to help athletes achieve the relevant Performance Indicators over a Games cycle that typically begins around 2 years before for the competition itself.
With a limited number of places available for Jersey athletes (from all sports) at each games, JASA agrees consideration criteria and Performance indicators with the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey ("CGAJ") and will then submit the athletes performance over the consideration period and a recommendation to CGAJ Validation Committee. This Committee has to determine the strongest athletes for each Games across the full range of range of sporting disciplines.
Athletes on the Pathway Programme are expected to commit to a rigorous pre-determined programme of training, continued development and achievement throughout the consideration period and on to the Games .
The Island of Jersey has a long and proud association of participation at the Island Games and we consistently send a strong team with medal-winning expectations.
To ensure the selection process is clear and equitable, a Selection Policy and Qualification Standards document is developed and agreed ahead of each qualifying period. Swimmers reasonably expecting to hit these times are invited to register and pay a refundable (in the event of non-selection) deposit.
The intended outcome of the Selection Policy and Qualification Standard is to send swimmers who are capable of making an individual final and then give preference to those best placed to make a podium. Strength across the range of individual events will also increase the likelihood of success within the relays.
Swimmers and their families are encouraged to fund-raise for a proportion of the costs and JASA usually provides a contribution through the generous and long-standing sponsorship from KPMG.
The JASA Executive Committee will select the Coaching and Team Management resource by separate process.
KPMG Jersey Island Games swimmer Beth Cooper watching team-mates train ahead of Gibraltar 2019.
The rivalry between Guernsey and Jersey remains alive and well and is contested annually through the Inter-Insular championship. Competing for a fantastic piece of silverware, The Governor's Cup, the islands alternate hosting of the event annually.
The Jersey Team is selected by the JASA-appointed Team Coach based on nominations from Member Club coaches and by reference to performances listed in the British Swimming rankings. Athletes represent
Andy Godden, experienced KPMG JASA Team Manager, on the pool deck at Haute Vallee pool