Events set to make a splash
PERTH swimmers will take to the pool at HBF Stadium in April 2020 as part of the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships and the Hancock Prospecting Australian Club Championships.
The national events are for swimmers aged between 13 and 21.
Rio Olympics silver medallist Tamsin Cook said she was excited the competitions were coming to her home town.
“I have competed in both these tournaments before,” she said.
“I competed in the Georgina Hope Championships for four years before competing in the Hancock Prospecting. It is so exciting to have these competitions in Perth.
“More WA swimmers will be able to compete; those swimmers who maybe couldn’t have afforded to fly to the east coast for competitions have a chance.
“It will bring such a boost to WA swimming, as well as tourists.”
The Carine resident is in training for qualifying meets at the end of February for the Commonwealth Games in Queensland.
“The top two from each event will be selected. Although I have been on the team before, every year it is so competitive,” she said.
“I hope to qualify for the 4×200m freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle.
“Australian swimming is competitive so I really hope to get a spot.”
Swimming WA chief executive Darren Beazley said he was thrilled at the announcement.
“It is a coup for WA to secure these two marquee national event,” he said.
“Both championships are expected to attract more than 6000 visitors to Perth and contribute over $7 million to the economy.”
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said he was looking forward to welcoming interstate competitors and their families to the state.
“Mass-participation events such as these will showcase Perth’s significant transformation to instate visitors,” he said.
Sports and Recreation Minister Mick Murray seconded the view.
“With the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games set to start only a few months after these events, the timing could not be better,” he said.