Events set to make a splash

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LEAH ROBERTS

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.

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