Published: Jan 7, 2013 10:17:16 AM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:25:32 AM
The EnergyAustralia Swim Team will start 2013 in Perth next week when they take on China and South Africa as part of the inaugural BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series on January 18-19.
In a world first three-way points meet, where swimmers will compete for $500,000 in prize money over two days of racing, Australia’s best including James Magnussen, Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm and Christian Sprenger are all set to compete in WA arriving in Perth on Tuesday 15 January.
Racing in the same outdoor pool at Challenge Stadium where Ian Thorpe and Michael Klim made a name for themselves under the stars at the 1998 FINA World Championships, Australia will be up against China, including dual Olympic gold medallist Ye Shiwen, and South Africa’s giant killer Chad le Clos who defeated Michael Phelps for gold in London.
The meet will also be the first time the EnergyAustralia Swim Team has competed in Australia since a Dual in the Pool against Japan in Canberra in 2009, and will be the first long course competition for many athletes since London 2012.
Swimming Australia Head Coach Leigh Nugent said the meet is a great opportunity for the team to start the year well against strong opposition.
“We’re all looking forward to getting over to Perth to race, and we want to start this first BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in strong fashion,” said Nugent.
“This meet will be about racing well, and the format of two athletes per nation in straight finals for points and prize money, suggests a lot of tactics will also come into play.”
The 2013 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth will be the first major meet of the year involving the EnergyAustralia Swim Team with the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships incorporating selection trials for the World Championships to be held in Adelaide from April 26 to May 3.
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)
2013 Swimming Australia Calendar of Events and Camps*
January 11-13 – Victorian State Championships – Melbourne
January 16-20 – Youth Olympic Festival – Sydney
January 18-20 – BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series - Perth
January 19-20 – Tasmanian State Championships – Hobart
January 21-26 – Western Australian State Championships – Perth
January 27-Feb 2 – National Event Camp – Gold Coast
February 8-10 – Australian Open Water Championships – Newcastle
March 7-10 – Northern Territory Championships – Darwin
March 15-17 – NSW State Championships – Sydney
April 8-15 – Australian Age Championships – Adelaide
April 26-May 3 - EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships – Adelaide
June 26 to July 5 - World University Games Staging Camp – Doha
July 10-17 - World University Games - Kazan, Russia
July 14-28 - FINA World Championships Staging Camp – Barcelona, Spain
July 28- Aug 4 - FINA World Championships - Barcelona, Spain
August TBC - IPC World Championships - Canada
August 23-25 - EnergyAustralia Short Course Swimming Championships – Sydney
September 20-22 - State Teams Short Course Championships – Canberra
October - EnergyAustralia GO Swim Month – National
October/November - FINA World Cups - Europe & Asia
October/November - EnergyAustralia Swimmer of the Year Awards – TBC
December – Queensland State Championships – Brisbane
Please Note: Dates and venues are subject to change with notification to be found at www.swimming.org.au