Top young swimmers from around the nation have gathered in Adelaide for the 2013 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships.
Minister for Tourism, Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said the event would run until next Monday at the world-class South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
“We are delighted to welcome more than 1400 of Australia’s best junior swimmers to Adelaide for what is set to be a fantastic week of competition,” Mr Bignell said.
“South Australia is the proud host of elite sporting events such as these, which encourage visitors to our state and provide great entertainment in the process.”
Competitors in the 2013 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships are aged between 12 and 18.
Athletes are vying to be named Australian age champion and eyeing possible selection to the Australian team for the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which will be held in Dubai this August.
“I’m delighted that South Australia will be represented by the highest number of competitors since the Australian Age Championships in 2009,” Mr Bignell said.
“A total of 80 swimmers from 11 local clubs will be taking part, and we wish them the very best of luck as they represent their state.”
London Olympian Yolane Kukla and Australia’s youngest Paralympic gold medallist, Maddison Elliott, are among swimmers to headline the championships.
“I encourage swimming fans to head along to the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre and cheer on our young stars of the pool,” Mr Bignell said.
“Later this month we also look forward to welcoming more elite swimmers for the 2013 Energy Australia Swimming Championships, which will be held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre from 26 April to 3 May.”
Swimmers set to take part in the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships include Matthew Cowdrey, Alicia Coutts, James Magnussen, Brittany Elmslie, Christian Sprenger and Emily Seebohm.
“South Australia’s events calendar features great things to see and do across the year, and these two swimming championships are set to delight locals and visitors alike,” Mr Bignell said.
Visit www.swimming.org.au for more information on both swimming events taking place this month.