Here are eight facts you need to know about Australia’s National Swim Team before the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.
78 swimmers between ages 15 and 35 will represent Swimming Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships in LA, and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.
Swimming Australia has won a total of 599 Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Swimming Australia elites train in more than 40 pools, up to 10 sessions per week, for a total of 25k in workout pain.
Swimming Australia elites – when not training – surf, dunk basketballs, sleep, eat, rest, ride, walk, slide, shop, cook, tweet and dream about what it means to swim for gold.
75% of Swimming Australia elites learned to swim before they could walk or talk.
Since 1904 more than 1000 Swimming Australia elites have swum for gold in international competitions.
Swimming Australia elites can all hold their breath for over 60 seconds underwater….but none of them can play the bagpipes.
Swimming Australia elites eat sushi, bananas, pasta, rice, beef, scambled eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs, fruit, veggies…but only three have eaten haggis (a yummy glob of sheep’s heart, liver, lungs, onions, spices, and salt, all mixed together and encased in the tasty, savoury animal’s stomach).
Swimming Listicle / Swimming News courtesy of Swimming Australia.