REDLAND sports lover will have Australia’s best swimmers on their doorstep when the 2014 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships are held at the Sleeman Sports Centre, Chandler in April next year.
The April 1-6 meet will double as a selection qualification meet for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games team and the chance to race some of the best swimmers in the world in front of a home crowd at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast in August.
With around half of Australia’s best swimmers hailing from Queensland, including five-time Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts, Olympic silver medallists Emily Seeboh and Christian Sprenger as well as up-and-comer Cameron McEvoy, the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships in Brisbane is expected to bring fierce competition and a great crowd.
Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships will be a great opportunity for Brisbane to showcase some of the strongest swimming the nation has seen, as the team prepares for two major international competitions later that year.
“With 2014 being such an important year for the sport, kicking off in Perth in January and culminating in the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast, Brisbane is the ideal place to host next year’s EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships,” said Anderson.
“Many of our best athletes and coaches are based in South East Queensland and Swimming Queensland has a very active and vibrant club scene in the area as well, which are all good ingredients for a great swim meet, and plenty of support for our elite athletes at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.”
Queensland Minister for Sport, Steve Dickson MP, said having both the EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships in Queensland next year was a major victory for the state.
“The Brisbane Aquatic Centre at the Sleeman Sports Complex is no stranger to hosting major swimming events with the venue being used for the 2008 and 2012 Australian Age Championships, the 2010 Australian Short Course Championships and the 2002 and 2006 Australian Championships,” said Mr Dickson.
“With a home town crowd cheering on Queensland’s swimmers we can expect to see some great times and hopefully a large contingent of Queenslanders will make the national squad to represent Australia and compete for gold in Glasgow.”
“Events like the 2014 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships deliver economic and social benefits to the local community. Around 600 competitors and their families travel from around the country to compete and stay in local accommodation and visit local restaurants.”
The 2014 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships will take place from April 1 to 6 at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be staged in Glasgow from July 23 while the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships will be held on the Gold Coast from August 21.