Published: Jan 4, 2013 08:44:47 AM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:25:37 AM
London Olympic relay gold medallist Brittany Elmslie has been called into the EnergyAustralia Swim Team to replace an injured Blair Evans for the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series to be held in Perth from January 18-19.
The 18-year-old Elmslie is expected to swim the 4x200m freestyle relay and possibly the 200m butterfly, following Evans withdrawal from the meet due to a shoulder injury.
Joining up with fellow 4x100m freestyle relay gold medallists Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell and Melanie Schlanger, Elmslie is in good form having performed well at the Queensland State Championships in December
Swimming Australia Head Coach Leigh Nugent said she will be a valuable addition to the 30-strong EnergyAustralia Swim Team for the two-day meet against China and South Africa.
“Brittany swam two very strong 200m freestyles in Queensland last month, off the back of real breakout year in 2012,” said Nugent.
“While it’s disappointing for Blair that she won’t be able to swim in front of her home crowd in Perth, the decision to withdraw her from the event has been made with an eye towards her being fully fit for the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in April.”
For Elmslie, who was awarded the Australian Sports Commission Discovery of the Year at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimmer of the Year Awards, the chance to swim in Perth is something she’s looking forward to.
"Anytime you get the opportunity to represent your country it is an honour and something to be grateful for,” said Elmslie.
"The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is an exciting event and I am looking forward to taking part and hopefully performing well."
"I was pleased with my swims at the Queensland State Championships before Christmas and I see this event as another chance to practice all the things I have been working on in training with my coach Matt Brown.”
The EnergyAustralia Swim Team for BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth is as follows:
MEN: Daniel Arnamnart (NSW), Ashley Delaney (VIC), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (QLD), Jayden Hadler (NSW), Mitchell Larkin (QLD), James Magnussen (NSW), David McKeon (NSW), Kenrick Monk (QLD), Ryan Napoleon (QLD), Brenton Rickard (QLD), James Roberts (QLD), Christian Sprenger (QLD), Matthew Targett (VIC), Daniel Tranter (NSW), Chris Wright (QLD)
WOMEN: Bronte Barratt (QLD), Cate Campbell (QLD), Bronte Campbell (QLD), Alicia Coutts (QLD), Brittany Elmslie (QLD), Sally Foster (SA), Samantha Hamill (QLD), Belinda Hocking (VIC), Sarah Katsoulis (VIC), Yolane Kukla (QLD), Meagen Nay (QLD), Kylie Palmer (QLD), Leiston Pickett (QLD), Melanie Schlanger (QLD), Emily Seebohm (QLD)
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.