swimming competition at this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was a true
display of Australian dominance as we finished with a total of 73 medals.
Australian swimmers were no exception to this statement with each and every one
giving their all at every opportunity.
Australia’s 73 medals earned can be accounted for by Western Australian swimmers.
Blair Evans made her Australian swimming debut at the World Aquatics
Championships in 2009 competing in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.
Commonwealth Games appearance was at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
for her expertise in middle distance freestyle swimming Evans now focuses on all
strokes competing mainly in the individual medley events.
her 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign on the 5th of April where she
took to the pool to contest the Women’s 400m Individual Medley.
powerhouse at the slightly longer distance the swimmer touched in second in her
heat before advancing to the final where she would go on to win a bronze medal.
time of 4:41.54 in the preliminary round, Evans kicked it up a notch for the
final finishing over three seconds faster in a time of 4:38.23.
later Blair Evans returned to the pool to compete in the Women’s 200m
finishing fifth in her preliminary heat Blair scraped in to the final to swim
out of lane eight.
Giving the race
everything she had the individual medley swimmer touched in in fifth place in a
time of 2:12.76 to conclude her Games schedule.
Throssell will walk away from the 2018 Commonwealth Games very proud of her
swimmer, who is relatively new to the international level of competition,
earned herself both a bronze and a gold medal at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
within the space of two days.
debuting for her country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games the butterfly specialist
has gone from strength to strength in order to put her in the position that she is
her Games program on the 5th of April, Throssell competed in the
Women’s 100m Butterfly.
coming first in her preliminary heat Brianna returned to the pool later the
same day coming third in the semi-final and earning herself a place in the next day's grand final.
moment for the 22-year-old she was not going to go down without a fight.
she had in the pool Brianna Throssell raced home in third place, completing an
Australian trifecta in 57.30 seconds.
butterfly swimmer now had her first ever Commonwealth Games medal and looked
set to come away with another as she was scheduled to compete in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay the next day.
Australian’s went in to the race as the favourites and they certainly did not
entire race, Brianna played her part in the second leg to extend her teams
In a moment
that will never be forgotten the Australians stepped on to the top step of the
podium and were presented with their gold medals on the evening of the 7thof April.
George Harley went through quite a journey in order to compete at the Gold
Coast Commonwealth Games.
involved in a motorized buggy incident back in 2012 the young breaststroke
swimmer almost lost his leg.
At the time
Harley said "I thought I was either going to die or be an amputee for the rest
of my life.”
In order to
regain his strength, putting him in the position he is in today he spent six
weeks undergoing surgery and rehabilitation and then another 6 months in a
Commonwealth Games debut is a testament to his hard work and determination to
get back to competing in the sport he loves.
the pool for the Men’s 200m Breaststroke on Games competition day one, Harley
put out a valiant effort.
in fifth place with a time of 2:11.62 unfortunately he just missed out on the opportunity
to advance further in the competition.
only para-swimming athlete Katherine Downie came in to Gold Coast 2018 with the
hopes of repeating her results from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where
she won a silver medal.
Scotland, Downie first represented Australia back in 2011 before taking part in
the 2012 London Summer Paralympics.
won two gold medals as well as coming fourth in her pet events the 100m Backstroke
and the 200m Individual Medley.
22-year-old is commonly recognized as a fierce competitor in the Women’s SM10
200m Individual Medley event.
her 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign on the 7th of April Katherine
claimed second place in the preliminary rounds with a time of 2:35.49.
She went on
that same evening to claim the bronze medal in the final of the Women’s SM10
200m Individual Medley, missing out on second place by 0.02 of a second.
behind New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe and Canada’s Aurelie Rivard it was almost an
exact repeat of the 2014 final in Glasgow, the only difference being that this
time Rivard just touched out Downie to claim silver.
Australia’s second male competitor in the swimming, Zac Incerti made his
Australian Swimming Team debut last year at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Broome Incerti moved to Perth when he was 13-years-old and boarded at Aquinas
to the swimming scene at a slightly older age than average, the move south
proved invaluable for Zac’s swimming career.
himself as a regular inclusion in the Australian Dolphins squad Zac Incerti
looks set to continue to progress and improve under the guidance of some of
Australia’s very best.
Commonwealth Games debut on competition day three Incerti could not have made a
finishing first in his heat in 25.05 seconds, he backed up to come second in
the semi-final in 25.19 seconds, the third fastest qualifying time for the
20-year-old was in good form however he was going to have to wait until the
next evening to compete for the gold medal.
nervous as he clung on to the block it certainly did not show through as Zac
Incerti mowed through the water to complete the race in 25.06 seconds.
place finish gave Incerti his first Commonwealth Games medal whilst also
completing yet another Australian podium trifecta.
Holly Barratt last year became the Australian swimming team’s oldest rookie,
debuting for Australia alongside Zac at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
swimmers have retired by the time they have reached Barratt’s age, the West
Australian swimmer is just hitting her straps.
admitted that at the age of 18 she quit swimming figuring that she would never
be at the level required to compete at the Olympics.
until she was 24 that she began to fall in love with the sport again.
out as a coach alongside boyfriend Will Scott at Swan Hills it wasn’t long
before Barratt found herself in the pool swimming again.
of hard work paid off as the backstroke specialist won her first National title
in the Women’s 50m Backstroke last year.
Commonwealth Games debut on the 7th of April the swimmer took to the
pool to contest the Women’s 50m Butterfly.
coming first in her heat Holly was off to a good start.
of the semi-final Barratt had both improved her speed and qualified for the
final, thanks to a second place finish.
final rolled around Holly Barratt found herself in a prime position, racing out
of lane three.
her time once again the 30-year-old glided in to the wall to claim the silver
medal in a time of 25.67 seconds with fellow Australians Cate Campbell and Madeleine
Groves finishing first and third respectively.
final event of the Games was the Women’s 50m Backstroke.
starting out strong the Western Australian raced home to finish her heat in
first place before flying home in second in the semi-final.
to the pool the next day to compete in the final, Barratt had one
more chance to add to her medal tally.
everything in the pool Holly finished in fourth place, missing out on a podium
finish by 0.06 of a second.
swimming is over for the 2018 Commonwealth Games our Western Australian
athletes have shown great success as well as great promise for the future.