At the conclusion of the 2015 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championship session tonight, a 30-strong team was announced to contest the World Junior Championships.
The Championships will be held in Singapore from 25 – 30 August and will act as a great stepping stone for some of Australia’s brightest young stars as they head towards the senior ranks.
The team will be headlined by three rising stars in Kyle Chalmers, Shayna Jack and Matthew Wilson who have started 2015 on top of the podium and with record-breaking swims.
Chalmers, who was last week selected onto the senior team to contest the World Championships in Kazan, will head to Singapore with invaluable experience from the senior event. The 16-year-old from Adelaide picked up four titles at the Age Championships including the sprint freestyle treble (50m, 100m & 200m) and the 100m butterfly.
Mimicking his success was 16-year-old Jack from Chandler in Queensland. She won the girls’ 16-years freestyle treble as well as picking up a fourth title in the 100m backstroke.
With the ink only just dry on his Australian age record from two weeks ago at the National Championships, Wilson beat his own time at the Age Championships to rewrite the record books in the boys’ 16 years 200m breaststroke. His time of 2:12.83 would have won him silver at the open nationals and puts him in a good position for a successful campaign at the World Juniors. Wilson also took Age Championships gold in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley.
They will be joined by a strong team of competitive and ambitious swimmers from across Australia.
Minna Atherton is an exciting young prospect in backstroke, edging closer and closer to Emily Seebohm’s age records. Chelsea Gubecka will also join the team but not before she attempts to qualify for the senior team in the 10km open water.
Gubecka will head to Mexico to contest the World Cup at the start of May, with the top two Aussies qualifying for Kazan.
The 2015 Australian team for the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships:
|Minna Atherton||Brisbane Grammar||QLD|
|Grayson Bell||TSS Aquatics||QLD|
|Jack Cartwright||St Peters Western||QLD|
|Tamsin Cook||West Coast||WA|
|Gemma Cooney||River City Rapids||QLD|
|Vincent Dai||Cherrybrook Carlile||NSW|
|Mitchell Davenport-Wright||Melbourne Vicentre||VIC|
|Amy Forrester||St Peters Western||QLD|
|Damian Fyfe||West Coast||WA|
|Chelsea Gubecka||Kawana Waters||QLD|
|Tristan Ludlow||St Peters Western||QLD|
|Brayden McCarthy||Palm Beach Currumbin||QLD|
|Joshua Parrish||TSS Aquatics||QLD|
|Dominic Richardson||TSS Aquatics||QLD|
|Calypso Sheridan||Brisbane Grammar||QLD|
|Elyse Woods||Melbourne Vicentre||VIC|
|Samuel Young||East Brisbane||QLD|
|Head Coach||Glenn Beringen|