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SunSmart Indian Ocean All Stars descend on Perth

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Thursday 13 April 

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year will return to HBF Stadium over 15 and 16 April as developing swimmers from six countries take the opportunity to compete in the 2017 SunSmart Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge.

2016 saw more than 370 athletes converge on Perth for the event, which is now more than a decade old and aims at facilitating the growth of swimming throughout the entire region. 

With visiting teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines set to return, plus competitors from both regional and metro WA – this Easter long weekend is shaping up to be another great weekend of competition.

“The SunSmart Indian Ocean All Stars event is great fun and a really unique opportunity for our swimmers to get international race experience right here at home,” said Swimming WA Performance and Development Manager Carolyn Morrison. 

As well as a weekend full of action packed racing, swimmers are also invited to a group training session on the afternoon of Friday 14 April. This is where Team Aussie and Team Asia get to meet, make new friends and get warmed up for the weekend.

Swimming WA President Louis Van Aardt praised the swimmers involved, recognising their dedication to the sport is integral to its growth and success. 

“To see the enthusiasm and joy on the faces of the swimmers reminds me of all the things I love about this sport,” he said.

“Its inclusiveness means it truly is a sport for everyone - male, female, old, young, no matter what your race, ability or background, no matter where you live... as long as you are provided with the opportunity to learn and a safe environment in which to practice, you can enjoy swimming for your entire life. Few, if any, other sports enjoy participation across all ages in quite the same way as swimming. 

“Our goal at Swimming WA is ensure swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life and it is our great pleasure to share that philosophy with our visiting Team Asia swimmers here today.”

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