Our team flew to the Gold Cost this week to compete at the Australian Age National Championships. The week long event saw our swimmers perform at the highest level, producing some brilliant results.

Our team finished in the top three Victorian clubs behind Nunawading and MLC.Our biggest team for a long time brought home three medals thanks to Matilda Byrnes and Hayley Mackinder.

Matilda won bronze in both the 13 years 100 fly and 100 back – an outstanding result.

Hayley broke a 26-year-old national record in the heats and backed up her swim to take out the gold medal in the girls 13 years 100m breaststroke. Another incredible performance that caught the eyes of the whole pool.

Our whole team contributed to our team results with many finals across the week.we congratulate the following finalists;

Brooke Briscoe – 200 Back, 400 IM

Matilda Byrnes – 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back, 200 free

Madison Cooper – 400 free, 200 free, 1500 free, 800 free

Romy Heard – 100 freeHayley Mackinder – 100 breast, 200 breastSara Steinman – 200 back

Josh Wilkinson – 100 fly

We also highlight the following swimmers who competed at nationals over the week who also all produced great results on the big stage;

Nicole Briscoe

TJ Holman

Cameron Ricchini

Thomas Smith

Byron Ward

Layla McInnes

Jack Simsic

These swimmers put in hours and hours of work each and every day and we are so proud to see them achieve their goals. Reaching the national level is something our swimmers should be immensely proud of, we can’t wait to see what the coming years brings for these swimmers – and we hope to see our team grow even more!

Finally, we congratulate Sam, Lucky and Liam for preparing our swimmers for nationals. Our coaches and committee also put in hours of work to ensure our swimmers are the best they can be.

We also congratulate Lucky Weerakkody on receiving his ASCTA coaching ring for placing an athlete onto an Australian Swim Team. Lucky coached Sarah Bowen to the 2002 World Championships and a World Record. Sarah went on to win Gold at the 2004 Paralympics and Silver at the 2008 Paralympics. Lucky embodies all that is good and meaningful in the sport of Swimming and we love him for it. You’re an incredible coach, mentor and friend! Thanks for all you do!

Next we look to the Australian Swimming Championships which begin tomorrow on the Gold Coast as well as Olympic Trials in June.

1..2..3.. GO GEELONG!!!