With all of the para competition completed at the 2016 Australian Olympic and Paralympic Trials, Swimming Australia has announced a 31-athlete nomination roster for the 2016 Paralympics.
The roster will then be sent to the Australian Paralympic Committee for final confirmation to the 2016 Paralympics, which run from September 7th-16th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Australia has competed in swimming at every Summer Paralympic Games, winning a total of 391 medals, including 119 gold.
This year’s team is highlighted by youth, with 14-year old Tiffany Thomas-Kane, the 2015 Female Para-Swimmer of the Year Swammy Award winner, and 15-year old Timothy Hodge both making the squad. While many Paralympic veterans won’t be present in Rio, at least one swimmer, 22-year old Brenden Hall, will attempt to defend a gold medal in the S9 400 free.
The Australians return two other individual gold medalists from London: Blake Cochrane (SB7 100 breaststroke) and star Ellie Cole, who broke the S9 World Record in the 50 free at the Australian Trials. Cole, who at 24 is already a two-time Paralympian, won the 100 free gold medal at last year’s IPC World Championships.
Among the major absences are Jacqueline Freney, who was a perfect 8-for-8 in gold medals in London but was a surprise absence from this week’s trials; and Matthew Chodrey, who retired 18 months ago.
The full list of nominated athletes and coaches is below.
|First Name||Last Name||Club||State|
|Matthew||Levy||Cranbrook Eastern Edge||NSW|
|Angelo||Basalo||Cranbrook Eastern Edge||NSW|
|Rick||Van Der Zant||Yeronga Park||QLD|
|Yuriy||Vdovychenko||National Training Centre||ACT|