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Mack Horton of Australia competes in the Mens 1500 Freestyle Final during day eight of the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials at South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre on March 22, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.

Thirty-six of Australia’s best young swimmers have been selected to compete at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney this January, in a meet that has proven to be a strong pathway to Olympic selection.

Ian Thorpe speaking with Leigh Sales on the ABC 7.30 program on the eve of the launch of his book, 30 October 2012.

Ian Thorpe has described himself as an introverted nerd who is enjoying swimming even after the shock of missing the London Olympics.

(L-R) Ashley Delaney, Geoff Huegill and Eamon Sullivan of Australia celebrate finishing the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay Final in first place and win the gold medal at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day six of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 9, 2010 in Delhi, India.

SWIMMING: Seven-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist and dual Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill wants to help change the mentality in the Australian swim team from "I" to "we" following his second retirement from the sport.

Swimmer James Magnussen of Australia arrives for a press conference ahead of the London Olympic Games at the Main Press Centre in Olympic Park on July 23, 2012 in London, England.

SWIMMING: James Magnussen admits he made mistakes and could have carried himself better during the London Olympics but says his failure to win a gold medal has made him stronger.

Kenneth To of Australia competes in the Heats of the Men's 200 Metre Individual Medley during day five of the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials at South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre on March 19, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.

2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival star Kenneth To has won two gold medals at the FINA World Cup short course event in Dubai overnight.

Christian Sprenger of Australia competes in the Men's 100m Breaststroke heats on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012.

SWIMMING: London Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna and EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships king and 2010 Youth Olympian Kenneth To will help lead the Australian team at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Turkey in December.

Tommaso Dorsogna of Western Australia swims in the men's 100 metre Individual Medley during day four of the Australian Short Course Championships at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre on September 23, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian record-holder Ellen Fullerton has won her fourth national 400m IM short course title in five years on the first night of the 2012 EnergyAustralia Short Course Swimming Championships in Perth.

Alicia Coutts signs autographs during the Australian Olympic Team Homecoming Parade in the Sydney CBD on August 20, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

SWIMMING: The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of Alicia Coutts.

Melanie Schlanger of Australia reacts after she competed in heat 7 of the Women's 100m Freestyle on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.

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.

Swimming wrap up

11 August 2012
(L-R) Melanie Schlanger, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Cate Campbell of Australia celebrate with their gold medalis and their counrty's flag during the medal cermony for the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

SWIMMING: Australia has ended the swimming program at the 2012 London Olympic Games with a total of 10 medals – a gold, six silver and three bronze.