Without Training Home, McEvoy Pulls Out Of Aussie Pan Pacific Trials


In our preview for the 2018 Australian Pan Pacific Championship Trials, which kick-off tomorrow, June 30th, we noted how two-time world champion James Magnussen was missing from the competition’s start lists. Not having notched a Pan Pacs qualifying time at the Commonwealth Games, the other selection meet for Australia’s Pan Pacs team, these Trials represented the last chance for Maggie to nab a slot on the roster.

The 27-year-old has released statements regarding his absence, stating, “I have decided not to take part in the upcoming Pan Pacs trials, a difficult decision, but one that I believe will benefit me in the long run.

“At the moment I am really excited with some personal development opportunities that currently exist outside the pool and so I will be taking some time away from racing to explore these options and doing so with no deadline or dates on the table.

“Swimming will still play a role in my day-to-day life as I will continue to train and have no intention of retirement just yet but I want to be able to focus my energy completely on these new interests and give them more time and attention.” (sbs.com)

However, Magnussen isn’t the only powerhouse to pull himself out of the competition. The 100m freestyle textile world record holder, Cameron McEvoy, has also revealed he will no longer be competing in South Australia this weekend.

As reported last week, McEvoy has left longtime Bond coach Richard Scarce and is searching for his new training base. Without a permanent home, McEvoy is opting out of the Pan Pac Trials.

“At this stage I will not be trialling for Pan Pacs as I’d like to settle on a program, find progress and put all the processes into action,” McEvoy said in a statement.

“It will be difficult as the defending champion in the 100m freestyle to watch from home but I have confidence in our Dolphins and want to make sure I make decisions that are going to have positive impacts on my career and my longevity.”

McEvoy was scheduled to race the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre. As he did not clock a Pan Pacific Championships qualifying time on the Gold Coast in an individual event, McEvoy will not be representing Australia individually at the Pan Pac Championships.

Also bowing out of the Trials is West Australia’s Zac Incerti, who is suffering from an aggravated disc in his back.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Always so much drama down under that affects their swimming.

2 years ago

Australian swimming is kinda messed up. I say this without much knowledge, but it seems to grind up and spit out its athletes worse than the US. As messed up as USA swimming is, it shockingly is the best system in the world.

Reply to  dude
2 years ago

Agreed, but the US system is in good hands, it benefits from the depth in college swimming(18-22y.o), creating more turnover in the national team compared to Aus. There’s always a 3rd, 4th + person to fill any gaps and provide competition for spots

Reply to  dude
2 years ago

Aus grinds up and spits out sports stars generally, a huge amount of national self worth tests on it. Americans don’t see this much as the two big Aussie sports played internationally, rugby and cricket, are niche interests in America.

It’s tougher on swimmers I think as it’s an individual sport, that amount of pressure and scrutiny is a huge burden to carry alone.

Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  Togger
2 years ago

Rubbish . Athletes that are fortunate enough to reach top level still only have time at the top level . There is every support to keep them up should they want & be able . Nobody is forced to continue sport , no one is pushed out .

Many manage to stay on top for quite long careers eg tennis , golf , motor racing , swimming . Cate Campbell & Emily Seebohm over 11 years . Cam himself is up to 6 years & 2 Olympics ,3 worlds , JM 8 years . Sally Pearson Olympic & world champ hurdler at 28 has been on the team 12 years . 25 year old diver Meliss Wu at 25… Read more »

Reply to  dude
2 years ago

I agree. It seems that Australia produces amazing sprinters the swim incredibly fast, but then are injured or flame out within a short time. Not sure why. Do they pile on too much anaerobic training at too young in age?

Becky D
Reply to  dude
2 years ago


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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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