Brisbane Aquatic Center Will Host 2024 Australian Olympic Trials in June

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 13

December 01st, 2023 News

Swimming Australia has announced the Brisbane Aquatic Center as the host of the 2024 Australian Olympic and Paralympic trials from June 10th-15th, 2024.

One of the last Olympic Trials meets in the world (and one of the last countries to announce their Olympic Trials meet), this will serve as the sole selection event for the Australian swimming team that will compete in the Paris Olympic Games.

The pool will also host the 2025 Australian Age and Open Championships in April.

“There is no bigger, more exciting, everything-on-the-line selection event in this country than the Swimming Trials and we are incredibly excited for the trials to return to Brisbane and, in partnership with (Tourism Events Queensland) and (Brisbane Economic Development Agency), to deliver a world-class event,” Interim Swimming Australia CEO Steve Newman said.

“The Brisbane Aquatic Centre is synonymous with the sport of swimming, and this is the chance to see athletes from the number one swimming country in the world have their final hit out before the Olympic and Paralympic Games – and thanks to our broadcast partnership with Nine all events will be broadcast or streamed live on free to air television.”

Organizers estimate that 7,500 people will attend the meet and create a $10 million impact on the local economy.

The Paralympic team will be announced on deck on June 14 and the Olympic team will be announced on deck on June 15.

The Brisbane Aquatic center can seat up to 4,350 spectators along two sides of the 50 meter competition course. The venue will be used for diving, artistic swimming, and water polo during the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.

The choice of Brisbane is fitting given the current concentration of power in Australian swimming to the state of Queensland. That includes swimmers like Mollie O’Callaghan, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown, Cam McEvoy, Flynn Southam, Sam Short, Isaac Cooper, and Ben Armbruster, among others.

The Brisbane Aquatic Center (Photo Courtesy: KGBO/CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

Selection Procedure

The first and second place finishers who equal or better the Swimming Australia-set time in the ‘A’ final will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The Swimming Australia times are set at a higher standard than the World Aquatics/IOC ‘A’ standards.

Swimming Australia has the ‘absolute discretion’ for nominating athletes for relay selection, though they must compete in the ‘A’ Final of an individual relay stroke and distance at the Trials meet.

Swimming Australia Paris 2024 Olympic Selection Criteria

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3 months ago

Works out for me, but think the swimmers wpuld prefer the facilities in adelaide (inside warm up pool). Def qld home ground advantage

Dan_tm
3 months ago

Fantastic!
Another 49.50m pool for the Australian Olympic Trials

Hooked on Chlorine
3 months ago

The good news is that even if you’re unable to attend the event, which will be the majority of us, you’ll be ale to watch it on the Nine Network, which is sure to broadcast the meet to promote their coverage of the Paris Olympics.

I’m almost excited to watch the Aussie swimming trials as I am to watch the Olympic swimming finals. Let me go out on a limb here and predict that Mollie O. will break the 100m freestyle world record there.

23/51/1:52
Reply to  Hooked on Chlorine
3 months ago

I would love that, but Chandler probably doesn’t have the capacity for that time unless MOC really goes above and beyond.
The current WR was at the brand new, bleeding edge Danube Arena that has proven to be extremely fast.

Sub13
3 months ago

This is exciting. A 20 minute drive for me so looks like I’m going to trials

Hooked on Chlorine
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

You lucky duck!

Joel
3 months ago

Finally announced…. Can’t rush these things.
The 2024 April Age and Open championships will be on the Gold Coast btw. Not in Brisbane. It says 2025 in the article but that venue won’t be announced for ages because it’s Swimming Australia.

Last edited 3 months ago by Joel
Troyy
Reply to  Joel
3 months ago

Wonder how many more months they’ll make us wait for the program of a events?

Kelsey
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Not long I hope I want to go to the women’s 100 free session

Sub13
Reply to  Kelsey
3 months ago

I already told my boss I’m going to every finals session so he’ll have to be prepared for me to leave work early. I can just FEEL this trials will be special

Mike
Reply to  Joel
3 months ago

https://www.swimming.org.au/articles/australian-trials-to-be-held-in-brisbane-ahead-of-paris

“We are also delighted to be able to announce that the Brisbane Aquatic Centre will host the 2025 Australian Age and Open Championships,” said Newman.

“We have worked hard to getting our long-term calendar locked away after some challenges post COVID and being able to provide certainty to our swimming community is a great achievement.“

Joel
Reply to  Mike
3 months ago

Ah sorry. Did not see that

Troyy
Reply to  Joel
3 months ago

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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