Swimming Australia, in partnership with Swimming Victoria, look forward to hosting the season opener of the World Para Swimming World Series when it kicks off this Friday at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC.
Held in conjunction with World Para Swimming and Paralympics Australia, the event marks not only the first meet of the 2020 international World Para swimming season, but also the first time the Series has been held in a Paralympic year.
Running concurrently with the Victorian Open Championships between 14-16 February, the competition will see more than 100 world-class athletes from 15 different countries – including New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Canada and Japan – vie for gold, silver and bronze medals.
Australia’s finest para swimmers feature in the program with the likes of recent world champions Tiffany Thomas Kane (Monte) and Lakeisha Patterson (Belgravia), battling it out against their national and international rivals for top spot on the podium.
Swimming Australia’s General Manager – Paralympic and Open Water Programs, Adam Pine, said our Aussie athletes need to capitalise on every chance for race practice leading into the Paralympics.
“Our athletes have had their preparation plans for the Paralympics locked in for months and this competition marks an important step on the calendar – it’s the first chance for them to race against strong international competition in 2020, so they need to take advantage of this opportunity,” Pine said.
“To help with their preparation we will also be holding a training camp in the lead up to the Series which will enable us to set standards, reinforce and define our culture, as well as train hard, practice skills and plan as a program.
“Hosting the first leg of the Series in our own backyard is such a positive and a real coup for us. It also highlights the terrific facilities we have in this country.
“I’d like to thank Paralympics Australia for their additional investment and support which has afforded many of our athletes the chance to access the international classification process, as well as Swimming Victoria who will run the event on the ground.”
Twenty-three events will be held across the three days for the World Para Series, with heats starting at 9:00am and finals taking place at 6:00pm.
Spanning five months from February to June, the seven-part World Para Series travels to seven countries in five continents.
What: World Para Swimming World Series
When: Friday 14 February – Sunday 16 February
Where: Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC