Western Australian swimmers have earned selection for the 2018 Commonwealth
Games after Swimming Australia announced its 70-member squad following the
conclusion of the selection trials held on the Gold Coast.
Para-swimmerKatherine Downie (Glasgow 2014) and Blair Evans (Delhi 2010) will
both compete at a second career Commonwealth Games, whilst for Zac Incerti,Brianna Throssell, Holly Barratt and George Harley, the
Gold Coast will be a Games debut.
won a silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley (SM10) in Scotland four years
ago and it is in this event that the 22 year-old Architecture student will
City of Perth swimmer secured her berth with a win in Wednesday’s final and she
adds to an impressive career that boasts representation at Paralympic and IPC
World Championship level. The Quinns Rocks resident has medalled at all peak
ends an eight year wait between Commonwealth Games, with the 26 year-old having
enjoyed an injury-free preparation for the selection trials that saw her win
gold in both the 200m and 400m IM finals.
was a gold medallist in Delhi as a member of the Australian women’s 4x200m
freestyle relay team, whilst she also swam in finals of the 200m and 800m
freestyle and 400m IM.
Incerti won a first career national title on the Gold Coast when he claimed
victory in the men’s 50m backstroke final. His win earned him a berth
on the Australian team and puts him in contention to also swim in Australia’s
red-hot men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. Incerti was sixth in the 100m free
final on Thursday night.
Broome product made his first senior Australian team at last year’s FINA World
Championships in Budapest, where he swam in the relay and also competed in the
UWA-West Coast training partner Brianna Throssell enjoyed an outstanding
campaign on the Gold Coast, setting new personal bests in both the 100m free
and 100m fly.
will compete in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team that is favourite for
gold and she will likely add the 200m fly to her competition roster along with
the two-lap swim, that she finished second in at trials, behind Emma McKeon.
22, Throssell is one of the sport’s rising stars and she will add Commonwealth
representation to appearances at the 2017 FINA World Championships and 2016 Rio
Barratt took second place behind Emily Seebohm in the final of the women’s 50m
backstroke, to add to an earlier silver medal in the 50m fly.
30 year-old Rockingham Swimming Club member made history in 2017, when she
became the oldest ever rookie on an Australian senior swim team.
is likely to have a busy competition schedule, with swims across backstroke and
butterfly also potentially combined with a relay swim in the women’s 4x100m
year-old debutant George Harley collected bronze in the final of the men’s 200m
breaststroke and will compete in the event along with national champion Matthew
trains alongside Evans under coach Bud McAllister at the Craigie Leisure Centre
and is regarded as one of the country’s brightest young breaststroke talents.
nearly lost his leg in 2012 following an accident on a
motorised buggy on a property in Lancelin which required him to be airlifted to
Princess Margaret Hospital. He suffered multiple fractures and nearly bled to
death. He was in a wheelchair for six months post-accident, unsure if he would
ever swim again.
When he makes his Commonwealth debut in April, his story will resonate
as one of the more remarkable journeys to the start line.