Published: Oct 26, 2012 02:02:14 PM Updated: May 29, 2013 02:12:31 PM
Olympic backstroker Matson Lawson will headline the field at Swimming Victoria’s Long Course Distance Competition this weekend at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
It will be the first time the 21 year-old has competed in Victoria since returning from London and the TigerSharks swimmer is looking forward to the opportunity.
“It’s nice to come back and race in familiar surroundings. I’ve always felt comfortable in this pool and I’m looking forward to posting a good time,” said Lawson.
Lawson will compete in his Olympic event, the 200m backstroke, and can expect stiff competition from training partner Josh Beaver who he touched out for Olympic selection at last year’s EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
“I love racing and am excited to do so in front of my home crowd; the first time since returning from London. This meet is always enjoyable and it will be great to catch up with a few mates I haven’t seen in a while,” said Lawson.
Other swimmers to feature include the Victorian Institute of Sport’s Jemma Schlicht and the 2011 VicSport Junior Athlete of the Year Nicholas Groenewald.
531 athletes from across Victoria will compete at the Long Course Distance Competition which consists of 14 events conducted over two days at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The competition is aimed at middle and long distance swimmers and provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to find touch before the Victorian Open Championships in January.
The action on Saturday 27 October and Sunday 28 October will begin at 9:00am.
For more information about the 2012 Long Course Distance Competition click here