Brianna ready to launch into Games
FEELING revived after a European summer holiday, former Kalamunda swimmer Brianna Throssell has dived straight into training, hoping to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The 21-year-old, who finished eighth at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 100m butterfly and 12th in women’s 100m butterfly semi-finals at this year’s Swimming World Championships, said she was happy to get back in the pool.
“I had four weeks off and I definitely needed it after the World Championships and I spent a little bit of time in Europe,” she said.
“It’s been a nice break but I’ve been itching to get back in the pool.”
The physiotherapy student, one of several athletes present at the recent Commonwealth Games Team Appeal launch at the WA Institute of Sport, said she would be training the house down to qualify for the Australian.
“The first step is to qualify and that will be on the Gold Coast where the games will be so that will give us a good atmosphere and it’s a little bit exciting to be racing in the pool we could potentially be racing in the games,” she said.
“Australians love to back Australian sport and the Commonwealth Games is almost the pinnacle of sports that don’t actually receive a lot of money like football and cricket.”
The State Government kicked off the Appeal with Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray presenting the athletes with $60,000.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-15.
Brianna Throssell gets fitted for her uniform.