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Team Aussie takes on Team Asia for the 2017 SunSmart Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge

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Saturday 15 April

Saturday 15 April saw nearly 200 developing swimmers from six different countries converge on HBF Stadium for the 2017 SunSmart Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge.

The event, now in its 15th year, aims to facilitate the growth of swimming throughout the entire region.

Swimming Clubs from across Perth and regional Western Australia come together to form Team Aussie and take on swimmers from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines, making up Team Asia.

Following a group training session in which the two teams met both each other and their team coaches, the swimmers were eager to take to the competition pool this morning.

Swimming WA Chief Operating Officer, Geoff Reid opened the event, praising the swimmers taking part and recognising their dedication to the sport.

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

“Swimming’s 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.”

The morning’s action kicked off with a march past from both teams as well as a welcome to country ceremony.

The swimmers were excited to start competing for points for their team, taking to the pool in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly events. With competition spanning over two days, Team Aussie and Team Asia will be battling it out again on Easter Sunday to see who will take home the trophy for 2017.

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