In addition to the Para Commonwealth Games team which was announced along with the non-para Commonwealth team earlier today, the Australian Paralympic squad for the Pan Pacific Championships has also been finalized.
This 29-swimmer group will take on the U.S., Japan and Canada in California this coming August at the Para Pan Pac Championships.
Multi-time Paralympics gold medalist Matthew Cowdrey heads the men’s team with his veteran presence, while the women’s team will be very reliant on youth. 21-year-old Jacqueline Freney was named “2014 Young Australian of the Year” as a part of the county’s Australia Day celebrations, but she’ll be a relative veteran among this group, which features 15-year-olds Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson.
Australian Swim Team – 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships – Pasadena, California
Athletes: Michael Anderson, 26 (QLD), Jesse Aungles, 18 (SA), Kayla Clarke, 22 (QLD), Blake Cochrane, 23 (QLD), Ashleigh Cockburn, 22 (NSW), Taylor Corry, 19 (NSW), Matthew Cowdrey, 25 (SA), Rowan Crothers, 16 (QLD), Timothy Disken, 17 (VIC), Katherine Downie, 18 (WA), Richard Eliason, 25 (NSW), Madison Elliott, 15 (NSW), Daniel Fox, 22 (QLD), Jacqueline Freney, 21 (NSW), Matthew Haanappel, 19 (SA), Brenden Hall, 20 (QLD), Guy Harrison-Murray*, 16 (WA), Tanya Huebner, 35 (VIC), Ahmed Kelly, 22 (VIC), Mitchell Kilduff, 18 (NSW), Matthew Levy, 27 (NSW), Andrew Pasterfield, 24 (NSW), Grant Patterson, 24 (QLD), Lakeisha Patterson, 15 (QLD), Rick Pendleton, 29 (QLD), Sean Russo, 22 (NSW), Madeleine Scott, 21 (WA), Jacob Templeton, 18 (TAS), Jeremy Tidy, 26 (VIC), Reagan Wickens, 19 (NSW).
Coaches: Adam Pine, Head of Delegation, Brenden Keogh Head Coach, Adam Beisler, Novocastrian (NSW), Jan Cameron, USC Paralympic Performance Centre (QLD), Harley Connolly, Lawnton (QLD), Rick Vander Zant, Yeronga Park (QLD), Yuriy Vdovychenko, National Training Centre (ACT)
Head of Delegation: Adam Pine
Partial press release courtesy: Swimming Australia