With just under three months until the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships kick off in London, our Dolphins have begun ramping up their preparation in readiness to take on their international counterparts.
Coinciding with next week’s Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, the World Para team will assemble in Queensland’s capital to take part in a Para Grand Prix.
Held between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 June, the four-day event will comprise not only of vital race practice, but also team bonding activities, a presentation from a guest speaker and leadership sessions held by Swimming Australia’s Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, Linley Frame.
Swimming Australia’s Para Head Coach Brendan Burkett said he was looking forward to the Para GP as it offered a myriad of benefits for the team as the countdown to worlds continued.
“The Para GP is a great chance for our elite para athletes to stay together as a team and provides them with essential long course race practice in the lead up to September’s World Para Swimming Championships,” Burkett said.
“They’ll also have the opportunity to rehearse race plans including pace and test kick sets which will allow athletes and coaches to ensure they are on track with their world championship preparations.”
Thirty-four athletes qualified for the World Para team following strong performances at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships, including experienced quartet Ellie Cole, Brenden Hall, Matt Levy and Lakeisha Patterson, while nine new debutants will also make their first appearance as a Dolphin.
“For our new rookies the Para GP will be an exciting and special time as they receive their first Australian uniform and get to know their teammates and national coaches – that feeling never wears off for any athlete.”
To view the full squad travelling to London for the World Para Swimming Championships, click here.
What’s next for the World Para team:
July 21-27 – Warm weather training option in Cairns.
August 30 – Team departs for UK
August 31-6 September – Staging camp in Manchester
6 September – Arrive in London
9-15 September – World Para Swimming Championships