Published: Dec 17, 2012 01:36:13 PM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:27:46 AM
Over 1400 athletes from 114 swimming clubs will converge on the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from tomorrow to compete at the Victorian Age Championships. 182 events will be conducted over six days making it the biggest event on the Victorian swimming calendar for aspiring young swimmers aged 11years-18 years.
Swimming Australia’s 2012 Age Group Coach of the Year Craig Jackson said the Championships gives emerging swimmers a chance to step-up against other competitors within the state and continue along the development pathway.
“The Victorian Age Championships is a great competition for young athletes to learn how to compete and hone their racing skills, attitude and mental toughness. How and what swimmers learn at this level will influence how they compete at a national a level”, said Jackson.
The Victorian Age Championships has unearthed some of Australia’s finest swimmers including Olympians Michael Klim and Nicole Livingstone. Emerging youngster Mack Horton will headline this year’s Championships after being named in Swimming Australia’s 2012 ‘All Star Team’ for his performances throughout the year. The 16 year-old narrowly missed selection for the London Olympics after finishing second in the men’s 1500m at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships and will use the Victorian Age Championships as a spring board for greater honours in 2013.
The Victorian Age Championships run from Tuesday 18th December to Sunday 23rd December.
Please contact Media & Communications Officer Michael O’Toole, 0401 733 229, if you would like to contact a swimming club in your area.