Golden duo to headline Perth Short Course
5 September 2012
SWIMMING: London Olympic gold medallists Melanie Schlanger and Brittany Elmslie will headline a group of more than 450 athletes heading to Perth for the EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships next week, with swimmers vying for selection for the FINA World Championships in Turkey this December.
Eight members of the Australian Olympic Team, Schlanger, Elmslie, Angie Bainbridge, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Blair Evans, Sally Foster, Christian Sprenger and Chris Wright will compete at the Championships alongside a host of young talent recently returned from the Junior Pan Pacs.
Gold medallists in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, Schlanger and Elmslie will both be looking to be selected for Istanbul, as well as Olympic silver medallist in the men’s 200m breaststroke, Sprenger.
World championship relay gold medallist Matthew Abood will also make the trip to Perth alongside former world championship team members Kenneth To, Marieke Guehrer, Kyle Richardson, Olivia Halicek and Sarah Katsoulis.
Swimming Australia Head Coach Leigh Nugent said the Short Course championships are a great opportunity for swimmers to race in Australia, and the meet is often where young swimmers break through to make their first senior team.
“In 2010 we saw swimmers such as Jayden Hadler, James Magnussen, Leiston Pickett and Tessa Wallace use the World Short Course as a springboard to selection on the Olympic team, and this year won’t be any different,” said Nugent.
“There are a number of talented young swimmers coming through who will benefit from selection onto this team this early in the new quadrenium and I’m looking forward to seeing who races well and puts their hand up for Turkey.”
The finals of the 2012 EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships will be broadcast on ONE through Swimming Australia’s broadcast partner Network Ten, while tickets to the event are available at www.swimming.org.au
In total, 466 athletes from 130 clubs will compete at the event to be held at Challenge Stadium in Perth from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 September 2012. Heats start at 10am with finals from 6.30pm.