Australia’s best swimmers have converged on Adelaide for today’s opening of the 2014 Australian Short Course Championships at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion.
The event features more than 400 elite swimmers including local Paralympic champion Matt Cowdrey and Olympian Sally Hunter, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon, and rising Paralympic star Ahmed Kelly.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said it was exciting to welcome another high-profile event to the Aquatic Centre.
“This week’s Championships will see Australia’s top swimmers vying for selection in the team for December’s FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, and we wish everyone taking part the best of luck,” he said.
“The action continues until Sunday, with heats held from 10.00 am each day and finals starting at 6.30 pm.”
In short course swimming, a boom is used to convert the pool’s length from the usual 50-metres to 25-metres. Swimmers with good tumble turn skills often hold an advantage in this form of racing.
Minister Bignell said the state-of-the-art SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre had become one of the country’s best aquatic sports venues since it opened in 2011.
“It has already successfully hosted national events such as the 2012 Australian Swimming Championships and the FINA World Junior Diving Championships,” he said.
“So far Events South Australia has secured 16 events at the centre, helping it to generate almost $14 million for the state’s economy.
“And there’s more to come, with the Australian Swimming Championships and Rio Olympic Games selection trials, as well as the Australian Age Swimming Championships, scheduled for 2016, and the Australian Short Course Championships back at Marion again in 2017.
“Pool events for the 2015 Pacific School Games and Rescue 2018 Lifesaving World Championships will also be held at the centre,” he said.
Visit www.swimming.org.au for more information on the 2014 Australian Short Course Championships, and www.proticket.com.au to purchase tickets.