The 2020 Swimming Victoria Open Long Course Championships and World Para Series have arrived, with the state's best swimmers competing at Melbourne Sports Centres - MSAC from Friday the 14th to Sunday 16th of February.
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The 2020 Swimming Victoria Open Long Course Championships and World Para Series have arrived, with the state's best swimmers competing at Melbourne Sports Centres - MSAC from Friday the 14th to Sunday 16th of February.
Olympians Mack Horton, Ashleigh McConnell and Cameron McEvoy and Paralympians Ahmed Kelly and Blake Cochrane headline the event, with the World Para Series running concurrently across the weekend.
The Championships hold even more importance than normal, with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games only five months away.
We take an in depth look at those competing across the championships, thanks to Swimming Victoria:
2020 Vic Open Championships/World Para Series – Swimmer bios
Club: Melbourne Vicentre Age: 28 Coach: Yuriy Vdovychenko
Since representing Australia for the first time in 2009 at the Oceania Paralympic Championships in Darwin, Kelly has competed at two Paralympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016), as well as national and world champs.
In 2014 he won two gold medals at the Para Pan Pacific Championships in Pasadena (USA) and most recently, he claimed silver medals in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke (SB3) and Mixed Freestyle Relay (20 Points) at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Championships on home soil in Cairns.
In 2019 he competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home Silver in the Men’s 150m IM (SM3). Affectionately known as ‘Liquid Nails’, Kelly currently trains in Canberra under the watchful eye of coach, Yuriy Vdovychenko.
Club: Melbourne Vicentre Age: 23 Coach: Brad Harris
Learning to swim when she was just four years old, McConnell (S9) was first selected to represent Australia at the 2010 Arafura Games in Darwin. Since her maiden appearance, she has gone on to compete at the World Para Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Para Championships and the Paralympics.
The 23-year-old had a successful 2016 campaign, taking home a gold medal in Rio and setting a new world record with her teammates in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points).
She was part of the Women’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay team who claimed silver at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns, Australia.
Club: Arena Swim Club Age: 19 Coach: Simon Redmond
Ben Popham made his Dolphin debut in 2018 when he represented Australia at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns. Stunning in his first outing, the young gun claimed two gold medals – in the Men’s 100m Freestyle (S8) and as part of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points) team.
In 2019 he competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home Silver in the Men’s 100m Freestyle (S8) and Bronze in the Men’s 50m Freestyle (S8) and Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
Club: USC Spartans Age: 29 Coach: Nathan Doyle
A triple Paralympian with two gold and silver medals to his name, Cochrane is a decorated athlete and a natural leader within the Dolphins team. An unexpected call up to the 2008 Beijing Paralympics team saw the Queenslander claim his first silver medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke (SB7).
Continuing to build on his momentum, three years later he claimed a whopping five gold medals at the Para Pan Pacs in Canada, not before also securing a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India.
Competing at Rio in 2016, Cochrane came home with a silver medal and more recently, he scooped up a silver in the 200m individual medley (SM8) and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke (SB8) in front of a home crowd at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In 2019 he competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home Bronze in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke (SB7).
Club: USC Spartans Age: 21 Coach: Nathan Doyle
Based on the Sunshine Coast under the guidance of coach Nathan Doyle, Braedan Jason secured three international golds medal in 2018 – finishing first in the Men’s 400m Freestyle (S13), the Men's 50m Freestyle (S13) and the Men's 100m Butterfly (S13) at the Para Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Cairns.
The Rio Paralympian, who was born with cone dystrophy – a degenerative hereditary disease which has resulted in him having ten per cent vision. He competed at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.
His brother Nathan, who was also born with the same condition, is also an elite swimmer and has made numerous development squads.
Club: Belgravia Swim Team Age: 26 Coach: Harley Connelly
Since making his international swimming debut at the 2007 Arafura Games, Hall has competed in three Paralympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and three Pan Pacific Para Championships. Six years after being the youngest male on the Dolphins swimming team at the 2008 Beijing Games, Hall was awarded an OAM for service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In a career spanning more than a decade, the Queenslander has amassed an impressive total of 17 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals across his international events.
Club: TSS Aquatics Age: 25 Coach: Chris Nesbit
Cameron McEvoy has amassed an impressive number of medals throughout his career, which began when he broke on to the international swimming scene in 2011 at the Junior World Championships.
He qualified for his first Olympics at 17 years old in 2012 and again in 2016 in Rio where he won a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay. In 2016 he did what no other Australian male has done before and won the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle national titles.
There he recorded 47.04 in the 100m freestyle, an Australian Record which still stands. Most recently he was a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team who won bronze and at the 2019 World Championships.
Club: Yeronga Park Age: 21 Coach: Rob Van Der Zant
After dominating Australian open water competitions since the tender age of 13, Gubecka received her first Olympic call up four years later when she was only 17 years old.
Travelling to Rio in 2016, the Queenslander competed in the Women’s 10km Open Water event and finished in a respectable 15th position. Prior to making the Dolphins Olympic team, Gubecka also represented Australia at the 2013 World Championships and was named Swimming Australia's ‘Open Water Swimmer of the Year’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Club: Melbourne H2O Age: 16 Coach: Matt King
Hailing from the country town of Echuca in Victoria, Pearse trains under Matt King at Melbourne H20 Swim Club. Since taking up swimming as a young child, Pearse’s career has maintained an upwards trajectory and in 2017, he recorded five new S10 13-and-under national age records.
In 2019 the young gun won four gold medals at the Hancock Prospecting Australia Age Swimming Championships, taking top honours in the Boys’ 15-16-year 100m backstroke (S10), 100m butterfly (S10), 400m free (S10) and 100m breaststroke (SB9). In 2019 he competed in the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home a Bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly (S10).
Club: TSS Aquatics Age: 28 Coach: Adam Mallett
Queenslander Daniel Fox began swimming more than a decade ago after he found a love of water when he was a toddler. Since then he has successfully competed in two Paralympics, two Commonwealth Games, three ICP World Championships and three Pan Pacific Para Champs.
At the 2014 Comm Games in Glasgow, Fox set a new world record in the Men’s 200m Freestyle (S14) – twice – first in the heats and then improving his own record in the final.
The 27-year-old took home a bronze medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Comm Games and a gold at the Pan Pacific Para Championships in Cairns – taking his gold medal tally to nine.
Club: TSS Aquatics Age: 26 Coach: Chris Nesbit
Originally born in Wales, David Morgan hails from swimming pedigree, with his mother representing Great Britain at the Montreal Olympics in the Women’s 100m Backstroke. He made his Australian Dolphins debut at the World Short Course Championships in Doha in 2014 and in his first World Championships he won silver as a heat swimmer in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay in Kazan, 2015.
The following year at the Rio Olympic Games he won bronze in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, swimming the butterfly leg. In his hometown of the Gold Coast, he secured a silver medal in the Men’s 200m Butterfly and won gold in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Club: Springwood Age: 19 Coach: Nicholas Robinson
Hailing from NSW and training at Springwood Swim Club, Jones made her international debut at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, where she placed 5th in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 6th in the Women’s 50m Freestyle and 7th in the Women’s 100m Freestyle.
Jones now has her sights set on the Paralympics in 2020. Away from the pool Ella loves baking and would like to be a nurse or midwife post her swimming career.
Club: Knox Pymble Age: 28 Coach: Simon Cusack
Raised in Victoria, Cole has amassed an amazing list of achievements since she started competitively swimming in 2003. Fast forward nearly 15 years and the triple Paralympian has 15 Paralympic medals to her name, including six gold, four silver and five bronze.
Also holding a Paralympic Games Record, Cole most recently won a silver medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S9) and a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S9) at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
In 2019 she competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home a silver and bronze medal.
Club: Central Cairns Age: 30 Coach: Herbie Howard
Affectionately known as ‘Scooter’, Grant Patterson hails from Cairns and has been swimming competitively since 2007. His first appearance representing Australia was at the Arafura Games where he won two gold medals and one bronze medal. Since then Patterson has competed at multiple IPC World Championships, Para Pan Pacs and the London 2012 Paralympics.
With his performances only getting better with age and experience, the self-confessed knitter racked up three gold and one silver medal at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs in his hometown of Cairns.
In 2019 he competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home a Silver and Bronze medal.
Club: University of Queensland Age: 20 Coach: David Heyden
Originating from Newcastle in New South Wales, Ireland moved to Queensland when he was 13 years old and began training under David Heyden at the University of Queensland.
Named as the 2016 Australia Day Junior Athlete of the Year, Ireland’s selection on the Dolphins swim team came off the back of solid performances at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships. At this qualification meet in Adelaide he took home a bronze medal in the Men’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class.
Ireland made his international debut in 2019 at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, placing 8th in the Men’s 200m Freestyle (S14).
Club: Chandler Age: 25 Coach: Vince Raleigh
In 2016 McLoughlin came of age on the international stage after qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle. Originally a middle-distance freestyler in his junior years, the early-career athlete won gold in the Men’s 200m Freestyle at the 2013 Youth Olympics.
In 2018 he picked up a pair of gold medals, one in the Men’s 400m Freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships and another in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle at the Commonwealth Games.
Club: USC Spartans Age: 24 Coach: Nathan Doyle
When Templeton was selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, he became the first Tasmanian swimmer to qualify for the Games in more than a decade. Prior to his Paralympic debut, Templeton competed at the 2014 Para Pan Pacs – where he won a silver medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly and a bronze in the 200m individual medley – and made the 2015 world para team that travelled to Glasgow.
Most recently at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs, he claimed five medals in what was a dominant display of racing. Templeton trains under Nathan Doyle at the USC Spartans in Queensland.
Club: SLC Aquadot Age: 23 Coach: Gavin Stewart
Since taking up swimming in 2013, Engadine local Jade Lucy has continued to go from strength to strength in her professional swimming career. Competing at the INAS Swimming Champs in Mexico in 2017, Lucy finished the meet with nine medals, including four gold across multiple freestyle events.
After her impressive performance, the following year saw her selected to be part of the #WeAreSport campaign to help inspire the next generation of female athletes with an intellectual impairment.
Club: Melbourne Torpedoes Age: 20 Coach: Yuriy Vdovychenko
A Melbourne Torpedoes athlete and a product of Victoria, Getson (S14) began swimming at the age of five alongside her twin brother, Patrick. Forming a strong connection to the sport – via community spirit and the discipline – Getson decided to train seriously for competitions in 2014. Her hard work paid off when she was qualified for her first Australian team – the 2018 Para Pan Pacs.
At her debut meet she took home gold as part of the S14 4x100m mixed freestyle relay team, alongside Liam Schluter, Daniel Fox and Taylor Corry. In 2019 she competed in the World Para Swimming Championships in London, placing 6th in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S14).
Club: Carina Leagues CJ’s Age: 22 Coach: Brian Glass
A passionate breaststroker from Queensland, Jake Michel made his Dolphins debut at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, where he placed 4th in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke (SB14).
The determined athlete, who trains at Carina League CJ’s, most recently won two gold medals at the Hancock Prospecting Australia Swimming Championships for the 50m and 100m breaststroke disciplines which saw him achieve the qualifying time for the world champs. Michel is also a dual Australian breaststroke (S14) record holder.
Club: Bay & Basin Age: 15 Coach: Bob McEvoy
Greenwood was selected to compete at her first international event – the 2017 IPC World Championships in Mexico – when she was just 12 years old. Known as ‘Jas’ among her Dolphin teammates, she has since gone from strength to strength, achieving positive results in the pool.
In her debut outing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the rising star placed a commendable fifth overall in two events – the Women’s 100m Breaststroke (SB9) and the Women’s 200m Individual Medley (SM10). In the same year, Greenwood claimed two bronze medals at the Para Pan Pacs in Cairns. In 2019 she competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, taking home a Bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Butterfly (S10).
Club: Auburn Age: 19 Coach: Clinton Camilleri
After swimming recreationally for seven years, it wasn’t until 2014 when she was 13 years old that Jones developed a passion and hunger for racing competitively. It was in that same year the rising star took part in her first Australian Open Championships and surpassed her own expectations by making three A finals, two B finals and setting 11 Australia Age Records.
With her sights then set on Tokyo 2020, you can imagine her surprise when she qualified in five events for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. At her first outing as a Dolphin, Jones made two finals, finishing seventh in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. In 2019 she competed in the World Para Swimming Championships in London.
Club: South Shore Age: 32 Coach: Chris Twomey
Specialising in backstroke and freestyle, McClure took up competitive swimming in 2003 when he was 16 years old. Such was his ability in the pool, the Perth local qualified for his first Paralympic team – 2004 in Athens – less than 10 months later. In his first Paralympic appearance McClure made the final of the Men’s 100m Backstroke (S12) and placed a commendable sixth.
Taking a break from swimming after the 2008 Paralympics, McClure returned to the sport three years later to qualify for this third Games – the 2012 London Paralympics. At the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide he set a new world record of 32.22 in the Men’s 50m Backstroke (S11), he also won gold in the 100m backstroke (S11) at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs in Cairns. Out of the pool McClure is a trained remedial massage therapist and his beloved seeing eye dog Nina is never far from his side.
Club: Nunawading Age: 24 Coach: Scott Talbot
A Melbourne native training with Scott Talbot at Nunawading, Hansen made her Australian Dolphins debut at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, winning a bronze in the 4x100m medley relay. She recently picked up two medals at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships – a gold in the 4x100m medley relay and a silver in the 100m breaststroke.
In late 2018 she claimed a bronze at the World Short Course Championship in China, which was shortly before she was named as one of nine leaders on the Dolphins leadership team. At the World Championships in 2019, she won Silver in the 4x100m Medley Relay.
Club: Northcote Age: 25 Coach: Ash Delaney
Although Merrilees was born and bred in Brisbane, he’s a product of US Collegiate swimming. The 24-year-old attended the University of North Carolina and Oakland University where at the latter, set many University and League records. Swimming a personal best time in the Men’s 200m Backstroke at National Short Course in 2018, Merrilees qualified for his first senior Dolphins team at the World Short Course Championships in China in 2018.
Club: Perth City Age: 24 Coach: Matt Magee
A dual Paralympic gold medallist, Downie was originally born in Aberdeen Scotland and moved to Australia as a child. She made her first appearance as a Dolphin at the 2012 London Paralympics where she claimed her gold medals – both in relays – one in the 4x100m freestyle and the other in the 4x100m medley.
Now training at Perth City Swim Club under Matt McGee, Downie has also set three world records in the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events. She also won A Bronze medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the Women’s 200m IM (SM10).
Club: USC Spartans Age: 18 Coach: Nathan Doyle
Originally born in South Africa but now living on the Sunshine Coast, Dedekind took up swimming at an early age with her twin brother. The 18-year-old started taking her training seriously in 2012 and by 2016, had been selected to represent Australia at her first international event – the Rio Paralympics.
On her debut she managed to snare a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke (S13) and made it to the final of the 400m freestyle. Competing at the Para Pan Pacs in Cairns last year, Dedekind collected a gold, silver and bronze medal. Following her impressive swims into 2019, her selection on the 2019 World Para Swimming team marked Dedekind’s fourth Dolphins call up.
Club: Hervey Bay Age: 16 Coach: Marcus Elder
One of the younger swimmers on the Australian team, Stephens (S10) made her Dolphin debut at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Cairns.
Competing at her first international event, she took home a silver medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke (SB9). Selected on her second Dolphins team in 2019, Stephens competed at her first World Para Swimming Championships in London.
Club: Melbourne Vicentre Age: 25 Coach: Craig Jackson
Known affectionately as ‘Koti’ – Ngawati made her first senior team at the age of 16 when she won a silver medal in the 100m Individual Medley at the World Short Course Championships in 2010 in Dubai.
In 2016 she qualified for her first Olympics Games – swimming a personal best time in the 200m individual medley to qualify. In 2017 she won Bronze at the World Long Course Championships in Budapest.
Club: Belgravia Swim Team Age: 21 Coach: Harley Connelly
Affectionately known as Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson, the 20-year-old has already represented her country at the Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, World Para Swimming Championships and the Pan Pacific Para Championships. In her debut Paralympics – Rio 2016 – Patterson took home two gold medals and set new world records in both events.
Her first came in the 400m freestyle (4:40.33), which was followed by the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (34 points) in 4:16.65. Continually backing up her performances, she most recently claimed another two gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She also won Gold at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019. Training under Harley Connolly in Queensland, Patterson was fittingly named as University of Queensland’s Sportswoman of the Year for 2019.
Club: Southport Olympic Age: 28 Coach: Glenn Baker
Gold Coast native Pickett has amassed an abundance of stellar results so far in her career. She won a gold medal in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and a bronze in the same event again at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – this time in front of a home crowd. After competing at the London Games, her sights are set on Tokyo 2020.
Club: Melbourne Vicentre Age: 23 Coach: Craig Jackson
When Horton claimed Olympic gold in the Men’s 400m Freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he became only the fourth Australian male to do so.
Two years later at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Victorian once again won gold in the 400m freestyle and recorded gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay. The relay team, comprising of Alex Graham, Kyle Chalmers and Elijah Winnington, also set a new Commonwealth Games Record of 7:05.97. At the 2019 World Championships we won Gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay and Silver in the Men’s 400m Freestyle.
Club: St Hildas Age: 19 Coach: Ken Malcolm
With a passion for swimming, McTernan realised a lifelong dream when she competed in the green and gold at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.
The rising star performed exceptionally well at both the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming and Age Championships in April – claiming an astounding eight gold medals – to earn her spot on the team. A true competitor, the young gun trains under the watchful eye of Ken Malcolm at St Hilda’s in Queensland.
Club: North Sydney Age: 33 Coach: Steven Badger
If Matt Levy achieves his goal of qualifying for Tokyo 2020, it will astoundingly mark his fifth Paralympic Games. With more than 20 international awards and medals to his name, the Sydney-sider most memorably won gold as part of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Training under Steven Badger at North Sydney, Levy has also competed at the Commonwealth Games, IPC World Championships and Pan Pacific Para Championships.
Club: Nunawading Age: 20 Coach: Scott Talbot
A specialist butterflier who hails from Victoria, Matt Temple made his Dolphin debut at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea. Placing sixth in the 100m butterfly, his first major international meet final.
His terrific performance in the Men's 100m Butterfly at the World Swimming Trials was one of the highlights of the meet, as he and David Morgan (TSS Aquatics) touched for equal first.
Club: Rackley Swim Team Age: 25 Coach: Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer
After taking up swimming as a child, Murphy always aspired to represent her country. Fast forward a number of years and she has not only accomplished her dream, but she has overcome great adversity in the process.
In 2014 Murphy fell 20m off a balcony which resulted in her right leg being amputated below her knee. Her love of swimming saw her jump back in the pool and the following year, she inspirationally made her first Australian Dolphin swim team and competed at the World Para Swimming Championships. In 2016 she made her Paralympic debut in Rio and claimed a silver medal in the 400m freestyle. A member of the Dolphins leadership group, Murphy nabbed a silver medal at the Para Pan Pacs for the same event in 2018.
Club: Chandler Age: 28 Coach: Gary Watson
Bursting onto the international swimming scene in 2016, Watson qualified for her first Australian team which saw her compete at the Rio Paralympics. In her debut outing as a Dolphin, the Queenslander remarkably claimed a gold medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle (S4) in a Paralympic record time of 40.13.
Not surprisingly, Watson was awarded the ‘AIS Discovery of the Year’ at the 2016 Swimming Australia Gala Dinner and the following year, at her home pool, she broke the world record for the 50m freestyle (S4) - a honour she still holds to this day. Since then, the Chandler Club Captain has continued to go from strength to strength, racking up three medals at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs in Cairns and qualifying for the 2019 World Para Swimming team.
Club: Auburn Age: 16 Coach: Clinton Camilleri
Ricky Betar has been swimming since he was 10 years old. Excelling from an early age, the young gun has notched up countless medals at National Age Championships and local swim meets. In 2019 he took home five medals at the national champs and broke an INAS world record for the 50m freestyle in the process.
The 15-year-old claimed silver in the 200m Freestyle Multi-Class and 100m Backstroke Multi-Class, and bronze in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle Multi-Class and 100m Freestyle Multi-Class. However, it was his time of 1:02.03 in the 100m backstroke which earned him a cap on his maiden Dolphins team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, where he Won bronze in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay (S14).
Club: Yeronga Park Age: 22 Coach: Rob Van Der Zant
Bursting onto the international swimming scene at 16-years-old, Crothers broke the world record for the Men’s 100m Freestyle (S9) and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the same year, Crother’s also competed at the Para Pan Pacs and notched up three gold medals and one silver in an impressive meeting.
Qualifying for his first Paralympics, the Yeronga Park product raced in four events and made it all the way to the final in each discipline. In front of a home crowd, the 21-year-old nabbed another three gold medals in Cairns at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs. Crothers is also a youth ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy League.
Club: Traralgon Age: 16 Coach: Dean Gooch
As one of the youngest members of the Dolphins team, Storm’s star is on the rise. After smashing records at the 2018 Para Pan Pac trials and winning the 200m freestyle event, not to mention medalling in all 10 events she entered at national champs, the 15-year-old has carried her form into the following year.
At the start of 2019 in front of a home crowd, Storm competed in the first leg of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series and claimed a silver medal in the 200m freestyle. The young gun trains under Dean Gooch at Traralgon.
Club: Nelson Bay Swim Club Age: 25 Coach: Tom Davis
Learning to swim at the age of three, Nelson Bay’s Taylor Corry has always felt an infinity to water. After competing at the Global Games in 2011, Corry upped her training to successfully represent Australia at the 2012 London Paralympics and multiple World Championships and Para Pan Pacific Championships.
In her first appearance at the Paralympics Corry claimed two individual silver medals in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle. At the Para Pan Pacs in Cairns, the 24-year-old snared four gold medals in what was an amazing display of racing. Training under Tom Davis at Nelson Bay Swim Club, Corry competed at her third World Championships in 2019. Corry is also a qualified lifeguard and swim instructor.
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Club: Monte Age: 18 Coach: Jon Bell
At the age of 13 Thomas Kane was the youngest Australian swimmer selected to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow. Bursting on the international swimming scene in her first outing, she won a gold medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke (SB6) in a world record time.
Training in NSW under Jon Bell at Monte, Thomas Kane won gold as part of the 4x100m freestyle team at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns, while also taking home a gold in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Multi-Class event at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series.
Club: PLC Aquatic Age: 23 Coach: Yuriy Vdovychenko
Since first taking to a pool at the age of four, Timothy 'Disko' Disken has gone on to represent his country numerous times on the international stage. With his trademark headphones pumping out ‘Avicii’ tunes, Disken made his first Dolphins appearance at the 2014 Para Pan Pacs in the United States. In his debut outing, the Victorian claimed a gold and bronze medal.
Two years later he traveled to Rio and competed at the Paralympics, where he nabbed a trifecta of medals – a gold, silver and bronze for freestyle and individual medley events. In front of a home crowd he snared two more gold at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Championships in Cairns. In 2019 he competed at the World Para Swimming Championships in London where he won bronze in Men’s 4x100m Freestyle.
Club: Auburn Age: 19 Coach: Clinton Camilleri
Hodge made his first Dolphins team in 2015 when he qualified for the world para champs team. Since his first international outing, Hodge has gone from strength to strength and has also competed at the 2018 Para Pan Pacs, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the coveted Paralympics in 2016.
In 2018 alone he took home seven medals between events, including four golds at the Para Pan Pacs. At the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships, Hodge set a new world record to take gold in the Men’s 50m Backstroke Multi-Class race and fittingly, he broke the record in the very pool named after the athlete who set the record of 29.80 in 2007 – South Australian’s own Paralympian, Matt Cowdrey. Away from the pool, Hodge loves fishing with his family and is currently studying electrical engineering at university.
Club: Rackley Age: 19 Coach: Tim Dilger
Describing himself as funny, humble and fast, William Martin has overcome his share of challenges to be able to represent Australia on the international stage. The young swimmer will pull on the green and gold in London for the World Para Swimming Championships after a string of solid performances at the selection event – the Australian Swimming Champs.
Training under Tim Dilger at Rackley in Queensland, the butterfly specialist will always remember the first time he broke the 60- second barrier in the 100m fly at Age Nationals in 2018.
Club: Chandler Age: 21 Coach: Vince Raleigh
As a newcomer to the Australian Dolphins swim team, Stubblety-Cook made his debut at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In his first outing the emerging swimmer – at the age of 19 – competed in the heats for the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.
Building on his performance and experience, the Queenslander won a silver at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo – marking his first international medal. His swim of 2:07.89 in the 200m breaststroke was so impressive, it now ranks as the second fastest by an Australian in a textile suit. The multi-talented athlete is also studying biomedical science at Griffith University.
Club: Nunawading Age: 21 Coach: Scott Talbot
Bowen is a tough butterflier, with the 200m butterfly being his favourite. Bowen was one of four Nunawading athletes selected on the Australian World University Games Team that competed in Naples last year.
Club: Nunawading Age: 19 Coach: Scott Talbot
Brendon has burst onto the National scene in recent years, first being selected on the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs Team in Fiji and more recently the World University Team that competed in Naples. Brendon is a gutsy swimmer, regularly on the podium for the freestyle distance events however has proven his quality in the 400m IM.
Club: Melbourne Vicentre Age: 21 Coach: Craig Jackson
Another one of Victoria’s elite breaststroke group, Dan made his debut for the Australian team back in 2017 where he competed at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, competing in the 100m Breaststroke and the 4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay.
Club: MLC Aquatic Age: 20 Coach: Nick Veliades
David was selected on the Australian Team for the 2018 FINA World Short Course Championships in China. David excels at all strokes, making himself an Individual Medley swimmer to watch out for. David has recently moved back to Victoria following a short spell in the States with the Arizona Wildcats
Club: MLC Aquatic Age: 17 Coach: Nick Veliades
Gabi has had a remarkable 24 months, in which time she was selected onto the Australian Team for the 2019 Junior World Championships in Budapest. At that competition Gabi showed her versatility, swimming the 50m & 100m Butterfly as well as the 200m IM and an additional 4 relay swims.
Club: Firbank Aquastars Age: 22 Coach: Jason Cooper
Sam is an emerging breaststroker. He announced himself on the big stage at the recent 2019 Australian Short Course Championships where he was crowned the 50m, 100m & 200m Male Breaststroke champion. Sam is a product of the Swimming Victoria Performance Pathways Program, being part of the inaugural Singapore Tour as well as recently representing Victoria at the 2019 US Open Nationals at Stanford University.
Club: Northcote Age: 18 Coach: Ash Delaney
Silas is a long-distance freestyler, with his main events being the 400m and 1500m freestyle events. Silas was part of the Australian Junior Pan Pac team in 2018 that competed in Fiji. He was recently invited to the distance freestyle camp run by Swimming Australia.
Tara Kinder Club: DVE Aquatic Age: 16 Coach: Brian Miller
Tara is a strong breaststroker who has also recently excelled at the individual medley events. Tara was recently crowned the Victorian Female 16 year old Age Champion at the 2020 Vic Age Championships winning 9 Individual gold medals. Tara has previously been selected on the Junior World and Junior Pan Pac Teams.