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2023 Patron Shield

Each year the following regions meet to compete for the Patron Shield

  • Swimming Gold Coast 

  • Brisbane Swimming Association

  • Wide Bay Swimming Association

  • Darling Downs Regional Swimming Association

The event for 2023 is to be conducted by Wide Bay Swimming Assocition at the Burpengary Regional & Leisure Centre on Sunday September 17th. 

This is an “invitation only” event - Emails will be sent out approximately 15th August.

Swimmers are invited by GCRSA to swim for the Gold Coast Region team, and the selection of the swimmers is at the discretion of the Swimming Gold Coast executive committee. The criteria, this year, will be based on meet results from the Swimming Gold Coast short course season, as follows (Swimmers must have swam a minimum of 1 of the below Gold Coast meets):

  • SGC Championship - 10th - 12th March 2023

  • Southport Olympic Development Meet – 3rd June 2023

  • All Saints Transition Meet - 10th June 2023

  • Helensvale Preparation Meet – 24th June 2023

  • Belgravia Development Meet - 1st July 2023

  • SGC SC Championships –15th & 16th July 2023

The following Swimming Queensland Meets will also be taken into consideration:

  • 2023 Speedo Short Course Preparation Meet - 8th & 9th 2023

  • McDonald's QLD State Short Course Championships - 11th - 13th August 2023


Swimmers that are available and have met the initial criteria (at least top 4 in the region in any given event) in multiple events will be given preference. If availability dictates that we need to expand the criteria, then this will be done. The selection of the team is at the discretion of the SGC development Sub-Committee.

Please refer to your swimmers coach in the first place for any questions related to selection criteria.








The Patrons Shield will be awarded, to the Team with the highest total points, on the following basis:

  • Individuals: 1st – 8 points; 2nd – 7 points; 3rd – 6points; 4th – 5 points; 5th – 4 points; 6th – 3 points; 7th – 2 points; 8th – 1 point.

  • Relays: Double points of those for Individual Events.


For any further information, please contact the development team:

Rules and Conduct of the meet:

  • Competitors must be between the ages of 9 and 13 as at day of competition, 17th September 2023.

  • Swimmers can complete in a maximum of 3 individual and 2 relay events.

  • Freestyle relays are 10x25m and must consist of (2) swimmers from each age group - 9’s to 13’s. (Starting order is at the discretion of the Team Managers).

  • Regions may nominate two Relay Teams (A&B) for the 10x25m relays and for the aged (4 x 50m) medley relays and points will be awarded to all teams.

  • Multi Class events for swimmers 15 years and under, with a maximum of 4 individual events and 1 relay.

  • SQ rules apply, any disputes will be adjudicated by the Meet Referee.

  • This is a Short Course Qualifying Meet.

Links for swimmers Invited Only

Patron Shield Confirmation Form - HERE

Patron Shield Medical Form - HERE

Patron Shield Sizing Guide - HERE

Patron Shield Team Elite Uniform Ordering - HERE

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