Commonwealth Games Australia has today announced 10 swimmers who have been selected for the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games this August in Trinbago.
The team consists of five male and five female swimmers aged between 15 and 18, hailing from all around the country.
Since its first edition in 2000, the Commonwealth Youth Games has gone on to produce a number of Australian Dolphins including Jodie Henry, Linda McKenzie, Meagan Nay, Jarrod Poort and Ariarne Titmus.
At the last Commonwealth Youth Games held prior to forced postponements due to COVID-19, Meg Harris won the women’s 50m freestyle and has since gone on to become a Commonwealth, World Championships and Olympic gold medallist.
Gary Barclay, General Manager – Performance Pathways said the event would not only provide the team with a valuable opportunity to swim against international opposition, but also deliver the athletes the unique experience of taking part in a significant multi-sport competition.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games is an exceptional way for our young athletes to gain crucial experience on the international stage.
“The meet provides these athletes with an opportunity to test themselves against some of the best young athletes across the world, and it is great recognition of how they have performed in the pool to date.”
Clancy Luscombe, selected on his first Australian team, said he was excited to be heading to the Commonwealth Youth Games.
“To have a chance to represent my Country, Swimming Australia, Swimming South Australia, and my teammates is so exciting. I look forward to swimming against some of the world’s best athletes and the opportunities this creates. Bring on Trinidad and Tobago.”
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Cole will head the Australian Commonwealth Youth Games team in Trinbago as team general manager. Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer has been named head coach of the swimming team and will be joined by Kelly Stubbins and Cameron Gledhill.
The 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games will be held from 4 to 11 August with swimming events taking place at the National Aquatic Centre in Couda, Trinidad.
2023 Commonwealth Youth Games Swimming Team
|Hannah Allen||17||Iona, QLD|
|Zoe Ammundsen||15||Iona, QLD|
|Jye Bennion||18||St Peters Western, QLD|
|Mikayla Bird||16||Bond, QLD|
|Braden Fyneman||16||UWA West Coast, WA|
|Samuel Higgs||16||Warringah Aquatic, NSW|
|Tommy Lane||17||Haileybury Aquatic, VIC|
|Clancy Luscombe||17||Marion, SA|
|Inez Miller||16||St Hilda’s, WA|
|Poppy Stephen||17||Nudgee, QLD|
|Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer||Head Coach||Swimming Australia|
|Kelly Stubbins||Team Coach||Haileybury Aquatic, VIC|
|Cameron Gledhill||Team Coach||Warringah Aquatic, NSW|