Flynn Southam Headlines Australian Roster For 2023 World Junior Championships

Swimming Australia has named 30 swimmers to its roster for the 2023 World Junior Championships, with the team having been selected based on performances at the recently-concluded Australian Age & Open Championships.

The roster will be headlined by Flynn Southam, the rising 17-year-old star who won five medals at the Short Course World Championships in December and added three gold medals last summer at the Commonwealth Games (all on relays).

Southam had a monstrous performance earlier this week at the Aussie Age Group Championships, notably hitting respective times of 48.91 in the 100 free and a PB of 1:46.24 in the 200 free.

Australia will field a roster at this year’s World Juniors, scheduled for Sept. 4-9 in Netanya, Israel, after it was one of the countries to sit out of the 2022 edition in Lima, Peru.

Last year, the Aussies competed at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships instead, where Southam swept the boys’ 50, 100 and 200 free while adding three relay medals. Australia was joined by the U.S., Canada, Japan and Singapore at the meet.

Two other noteworthy names on Australia’s roster for Junior Worlds are Jamie Perkins and Milla Jansen, who combined to win five individual medals at Junior Pan Pacs last year.

Perkins won a trio of silver medals in the girls’ 200, 400 and 800 free, and also gained some senior international experience by representing Australia at SC Worlds in Melbourne.

Jansen won the girls’ 50 free and claimed silver in the 100 free at Junior Pan Pacs last year, and also put up a pair of 53.9 relay legs for Australia.

FULL AUSTRALIAN ROSTER

Swimmer Club Region
Karl Albertyn Miami QLD
Iona Anderson Breakers WA
Jaclyn Barclay St Peters QLD
Tane Bidois Knox NSW
Isabella Boyd Nunawading VIC
Gideon Burnes Bond QLD
Hannah Casey MCA QLD
Jessica Cole Wests Illawarra NSW
Marcus Da Silva Cranbrook NSW
Jaimie DeLutiis Wests Illawarra NSW
Alexander Foreman Kincumber NSW
Bella Grant Trinity NSW
Milla Jansen Bond QLD
Isabella Johnson Cruiz ACT
Josh Kerr Manly NSW
Tiana Kritzinger Rackley QLD
Ike Martinez Rackley QLD
Anders McAlpine Chandler QLD
Hayley Mackinder Griffith QLD
Thomas Pattison Churchie QLD
Jamie Perkins St Peters QLD
Olympia Pope Miami QLD
Enoch Robb All Saints QLD
Taryn Roberts Rocky City QLD
Georgie Roper Miami QLD
Edward Sommerville Brisbane Grammar QLD
Flynn Southam Bond QLD
Johann Szymanski Highlanders WA
Amelia Weber St Peters QLD
Olivia Wunsch Carlile NSW

“It was fantastic to see so many wonderful performances at this year’s competition, it is a real credit to everyone involved in the sport and a great way to celebrate being back to an uninterrupted swimming programming after COVID” Gary Barclay, GM Performance Pathways, said of the Age & Open Championships.

The team will feature six coaches, led by Simon Cusack as head coach. Team coaches selected for the tour are James Boyce (MCA), Jol Finck (Nunawading), Michaela Pattinson (Carlile), Kyle Samuelson (Bond), Richard Sleight (St Peters) and Ben Tuxford (Trinity Grammar).

The team will depart for Staging Camp in Paphos, Cyprus on August 25 to prepare for the championships in early September.

“We’re really looking forward to getting into camp and are excited by the depth of talent representing Australia on the world stage” said Barclay.

The 2023 World Junior Swimming will run from Sept. 4-9 at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel.

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Mark
9 months ago

Is USA competing?

boi
9 months ago

southam the next mid sprint free great?

Mark
Reply to  boi
9 months ago

Yes absolutely

Troyy
9 months ago

Lots of QLD.

Boz
9 months ago

The girls teams looks very strong

Joel
9 months ago

Congrats to them all! They should do well.
(I suggest we all ignore Papanna. Don’t interact at all. Pretty sure they are the same troll from last week with a different name now).

Sub13
Reply to  Joel
9 months ago

Yes that was my immediate thought

Papanna
9 months ago

Can they top gold medal count for a change?

Papanna
9 months ago

Still won’t top the gold medal count

Aussie Richie
Reply to  Papanna
9 months ago

Some promising Aussie talent among that list. Other than the obvious ones,Flynn Southam,Milla jansen and Jamie Perkins, I was taken by baby aged breast stroker Olympia Pope at the Age Champs.

Aussie Richie
Reply to  Aussie Richie
9 months ago

Anders McAlpine is free middle distance talent that impressed me at the Age Champs too.

Mark
Reply to  Aussie Richie
9 months ago

Is he quicker than lorenzo galossi?

Mark
Reply to  Aussie Richie
9 months ago

Flynn southam is standout talent what about USA squad?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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