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Australia Here On A Mission

Australia Here On A Mission
Fiji Link ATR 42 pilot Captain Hartlene Yuen with the Australian Swimming team at Nadi International Airport on August 19, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 20
12:57 2018

The Australian swimming team will be us­ing the Junior Pan Pacific Championships to set their benchmark for the upcoming careers of their 30 swimmers.

The Australians arrived into the country yes­terday with top junior swimmers like Lani Pal­lister, Michaela Ryan, Lewis Blackburn and Max Osborn.

Team leader Jamie Salter said, “This competi­tion is important as it is a stepping stone in their swimming careers.

“This is important and we get a good bench­mark against USA, Japan and Canada and it was obvious in the senior level in Tokyo last week. “For us there is no better competition to compete with other nations.”

Michaela Ryan of Queensland who will be com­peting in the 100 and 200 metres freestyle said it about getting that experience to participate in an international competition,

“We have some juniors in the emerging group. There are some athletes that have swam in the Pan Pacs Junior before and the Oceania champi­onship two years ago.

“We got some good swimmers and we hope they do well.”

Team Australia: Ashton Brinkworth (WA), Shaun Champion (NSW), Kayla Costa (VIC), Jack Edie (NSW), Jacinta Essam (NSW), Jenna Forrester (QLD), Chloe Gubecka (QLD), Silas Harris (VIC), Ty Hartwell (QLD), Thomas Hauck (QLD), Chelsea Hodges (QLD), Joseph Jackson (QLD), Tara Kinder (VIC), Eliza King (QLD), Se-Bom Lee (NSW), Angus McDonald (NSW), Thomas Neill (QLD), Thomas Pearson (VIC), Georgia Powell (QLD), Natasha Ramsden (NSW), Emma Siddle (QLD), Brendon Smith (VIC), Kara Svenson (QLD), Stuart Swinburn (NSW), Tahlia Thornton (WA), Abbey Webb (QLD).

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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