Published: Nov 29, 2012 03:23:31 PM
Today marks just 50 days to go until the first ever BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth (January 18-20) with Australia set to take on China, Croatia and South Africa in two days of swimming and water polo action, coupled with an Open Water Challenge for all in the Swan River.
Following the recent announcement of the star-studded EnergyAustralia Swim Team heading to West Australia, including London Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger, Cate Campbell, Emily Seebohm, James Magnussen and Christian Sprenger, Australia’s bronze medal winning women’s water polo team, will also line up in what promises to be two days of fantastic entertainment in a revamped outdoor pool at Challenge Stadium.
With five Olympic medals and the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimmer of the Year Award to her name, Alicia Coutts will be looking to continue her run of success in the New Year, with Australia’s golden girl set to take on the world’s best.
The 25-year-old Queenslander is likely to come face-to-face with Chinese dual Olympic gold medallist, 16-year-old Ye Shiwen in the individual medleys for the first time since the London Olympics, and the first time ever on home soil. The showdown will no doubt be one of the series highlights.
Another highlight will be the water polo which will see the Aussie Sharks men’s team taking on 2012 London Olympic champions Croatia, and the Aussie Stingers women’s team shaping up against China in a one-off test match.
It will be the first official international fixtures for the Sharks and Stingers since they finished seventh and third respectively in London in August.
Then finally, on Sunday January 20, the last day of the series, the Australian public will get the chance to take part in the event, with an Open Water swim in the Swan River from 500m up to the Olympic Marathon distance of 10km.
In these final 50 days, the 30 members of the EnergyAustralia Swim Team are fine-tuning their training programs and ensuring they are ready to race next January.
To see what the EnergyAustralia Swim Team is getting up to today follow the hashtags #50daystogo #WhatsOnWa and #AquaticSuperSeries on Twitter and Instagram.
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is proudly supported by naming rights sponsor BHP Billiton and the Western Australian State Government through Eventscorp and Royalties for Regions.