Gold medal swimming haul for South Australia

01 August 2014

Adelaide will host the Australian Swimming Championships in 2016.

Swimming Australia has announced Adelaide will host the national championships – which will also be the selection trials for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion.

South Australia has also successfully bid for three other major national swimming events – the 2016 Australian Age Swimming Championships, the 2017 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships, and the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell made the announcement while in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

“Having spent the past three days in Glasgow I can reassure the people of Adelaide that we have some of the best sporting infrastructure in the world,” he said.

“Not only are we the best choice in Australia to host major swimming events, we could host a Commonwealth Games without needing to build too many venues.”

Minister Bignell said the four events will draw thousands of visitors to South Australia, and generate millions of dollars for the local economy.

“South Australia’s reputation for hosting world-class events now includes swimming, with the state-of-the-art SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre already successfully hosting the national championships in 2012 and 2013,” he said.

“Since it opened in 2011, the Aquatic Centre has generated around $13.8 million dollars for the South Australian economy by hosting Swimming Australia events, with 35,000 people attending the Australian Championships and Olympic Selection Trials in 2012.

“The Australian Championships and Olympic Trials in 2016 will be a chance for locals and visitors alike to see our elite swimmers at their peak ahead of the Rio Games – many of whom have performed superbly at the Glasgow Games.”

It will be the first time these events have been held back-to-back outside of Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games.

Minister Bignell said the events also provide the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre another opportunity to shine, as it’s likely to be one of the key facilities in South Australia’s bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2026 or 2030.

“The Centre is also hosting the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in November, which will double as the selection event for the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha in December,” he said.

“This will be the tenth major aquatic event at the Centre since it opened, and is likely to attract as many as 600 swimmers from 150 clubs around Australia.”

Swimming Australia Chief Executive Office Mark Anderson said that Swimming Australia is very pleased to be returning to Adelaide.

“The South Australian Government has been significant supporters of our sport and we are thankful for the long term partnership we share through the South Australian Tourism Commission,” he said.

“The SA Aquatics and Leisure Centre is a genuine world class facility. This is evident given the selection of the venue as the qualification location for our 2016 Olympic Games swimming team as a result of Adelaide hosting the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships.

“Our junior swimmers will also have the benefit of these tremendous facilities when we host the 2016 Australian Age Swimming Championships at the venue.

“And we look forward to returning to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in 2017 for further events.”

For more information, visit Swimming Australia.

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