Issue Issue 82 – April 2009 GET SET FOR TRICKETT TREAT IN DUEL IN THE POOL V JAPAN AIS, CANBERRA MAY 9-10 By Ian Hanson History tells us that Libby Trickett will be setting herself for something special when the Telstra Dolphins Australian Swim Team line up against Japan in the Duel In The Pool at the AIS in Canberra on May 9 and 10. Rest assured the Ten One HD cameras will be focused on Libby because the little pocket rocket, who has settled into Sydney with Grant Stoelwinder’s NSWIS Super Squad, will be ready to unleash…something. In 2003 a virtual unknown by the name of Libby Lenton was very much a rising star on the Australian Swim Team – heading overseas to make her debut in the Duel In The Pool against the famed and feared USA in Indianapolis. Short in stature but with the heart of lioness, Lenton was to make a name for herself in a big way, rattling reputations along the way. Her arch rival Jodie Henry, chose to by-pass the trip to the US, leaving 18-year-old Lenton to tackle the might of the US in the freestyle sprint events. But it wasn’t without its dramas with Libby claiming the Australian record only after she was disqualified and then reinstated after an Australian team protest. Her time of 24.92 made her the first Australian woman in history to crack the 25 second barrier. She also won the 100 metres freestyle where she not only defeated American veteran, Jenny Thompson but clocked a new personal best time of 54.71 – to rank her as the second fastest Australian all time in the event, skipping ahead of two-time Olympic Champion, Susie O’Neill. In 2005 after her three gold medal haul at the World Championships in Montreal, which included the 50m freestyle and relays, Lenton again lined up against the US girls in The Duel in Irvine, California and this time came agonisingly close to a world record. She was just 0.20 outside Henry’s 100m freestyle world record in the opening leg of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay – missing a $US25,000 world record bonus into the bargain. Lenton clocked 53.72 – compared to the 53.52 semi-final time swum by Henry at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The Australian team of Lenton, Shayne Reese, Alice Mills and Henry also set a new US Open record of Issue 3:37.67 – 1.28 secs quicker than the US team of Lindsay Benko, Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Weir and Thompson swam in the 2003 Duel In The Pool in Indianapolis. Roll on 2007 and the Duel In The Pool in Sydney – with Lenton arriving on pool deck with five gold medals after an amazing week at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne. First up the Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay – a promoters dream – Superstars Michael Phelps v Libby Lenton in the opening leg. Little did any of us expect what would happen next – Lenton produced a stunning world record swim of 52.99 seconds in the 100 metre freestyle lead-off. Lenton dipped under German Britta Steffen's former world record of 53.30 – thus becoming the first woman under the magical 53 seconds. Ratified by FINA it would have earned Lenton a cool $25,000 for a world record bonus – but unfortunately because the Mixed Relay was not a FINA approved event the record was lost and the 25K sank with it. Not to be out-done, Libby Trickett as she became known officially from the 2008 Olympic Trials (after her marriage to Luke Trickett) finally made the world record “official” – clocking 52.88 and adding the 50m freestyle world mark in 23.97. Even after the Olympics, which saw her take silver behind Steffen after almost missing the 100m final (she finished ninth but received a reprieve after a disqualification) Trickett is still the fastest female on the planet. Let’s see what she has in store when she joins Australia’s best – including individual Olympic medallists - Stephanie Rice, Cate Campbell, Jessicah Schipper, Eamon Sullivan, Andrew Lauterstein, Hayden Stoeckel and Brenton Rickard in the first Duel In The Pool against an exciting Japanese team. It will be the two FINA World Championship teams going head-to-head as well as the two National Youth Teams in a unique two-day competition in a same-day delayed telecast on Channel Ten’s ONE HD network. TELECAST TIMES… NETWORK TEN: ONE HD: Saturday, May 9: 6pm to 8.20pm and Sunday, May 10: 5pm to 7.30pm. REPLAYS: The Saturday program will be replayed on Tuesday May 12 at 2.30pm and the Sunday will be replayed on Wednesday May 13 at 2.30pm. Photographs: Delly Carr Issue BROOKE’S AUSTRALIAN AGE TOP PERFOMERS After spending six days of competition reporting on the 2009 Australian Age Championships, Brooke Hanson Clarke rates her top performers of the week. YOLANE KUKLA Yolane Kukla or “Yo Yo” to her family and friends, is a Year 9 student and former gymnast, who is coached by Michael Palfery at St Peters Western, who reminds me a lot of Libby Trickett. She is short, muscular, has a big ticker, is always smiling and loves pushing her boundaries to see how fast she can swim. This little livewire smashed three Australian records and won five gold medals at the Australian Age Championships. I believe her performance of the week was in the 13 years and under 100m freestyle, a race that had everyone talking when she stopped the clock in a world-class time of 55.26. We have never seen a 13-year-old swim that fast before and she would have finished seventh in the final at the Telstra Australian Championships behind six Olympians – wow, what a swim. With a positive attitude and a lot of support from club mates including Stephanie Rice and Meagen Nay, who were there to pat her on the back after her sensational performances, the future of this little pocket rocket looks very promising. BELINDA HOCKING Wangaratta-born Belinda Hocking, who is based at the AIS, swam 0.35 seconds faster than her Olympic 200m backstroke final swim in Beijing and showed why she will be in the medal hunt at this year's World Championships after smashing her own 18 years Australian and Australian All-comers records in the 17-18 years final, clocking 2:08.45. Belinda’s swim was the fourth fastest in the world this year and only 0.36 outside Meagen Nay's Australian record. She also won the 100m backstroke and looks confident, happier and more relaxed than ever before. Come Rome, Belinda will be a huge threat for a podium finish in the 200m backstroke final. MITCH LARKIN After great performances at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January, Larkin fell sick at the Telstra Australian Championships with exercise-induced asthma and didn’t perform near his best. He turned it around for Australian Age and had a strong week of racing, including two Australian records. In one of the biggest rivalries of the week, Larkin had a great battle with Jayden Hadler in the 400m individual medley. Both the Queensland boys went under Mitch’s old Australian record, with Mitch touching the wall in 4:25.45 to establish new 15 years Australian and Australian All-comers records. Mitch’s time would have won the bronze medal at the Telstra Australian Championships and looks great for the future of male medley swimming. Issue Mitch also surprised himself in the 200m backstroke taking seven seconds off his previous best, breaking the Australian record in 2:03.67. He finished the week with two gold and two silver. Keep up the great work Mitch! TESS DAVID Tess led all the way in the 13 years and under girls’ 200m breaststroke, smashing an Australian record which had stood for 19 years, a time established in 1990 by Kelly Schaffer. Tess was born five years after the record was set and she had no idea what a huge achievement it was. Tess wrote herself into the record books recording a time of 2.33.27. I have witnessed some amazing breaststroke performances over the years and raced in a few too but Tess’s swim was outstanding. To witness a time that like really made me appreciate what a great history of breaststrokers we have in our country. It’s reassuring to know that the future of women’s breaststroke is in safe hands with a swim like that. ELLEN FULLERTON The smiley Gold Coast-based World Championship rookie had another great week of racing, winning five gold medals and one silver. Ellen swam the 100, 200, 400 and 800m freestyle and the 200 and 400m individual medley. I thought her swim of the week came in the 16 years 200m freestyle. Unlike at the trials, Ellen had no pressure around her, winning by three body lengths, clocking a time of 1:58.79. Sometimes it’s hard to swim your best events with no competition but it didn’t faze Ellen. Her time was only 0.71 off the time she did in the Australian open final, which currently ranks her the eighth fastest Australian all time. There is no doubt in the following months in the lead-up to Rome that Ellen will break the 1.58 mark, a time that will be important to the success of the 4x200 relay team at the World Championships. MIKKAYLA MASELLI-SHERIDAN After winning an unbelievable seven gold medals at the 2008 Age Championships, no one would have thought Mikkayla could go one better, let alone two better. She is my pick for “ironwoman” of the week, finishing the competition with ten medals from ten swims, nine of which were gold with one bronze. The 14-year-old Commercial, Queensland swimmer took it one day at a time and was definitely relieved when the final night of competition was over. With only one week’s break out of the water Mikkayla, is looking forward to getting back into training and improving her times again, showing how eager the teenagers of our sport are to improve. Mikkayla is highly motivated and takes nothing for granted, a great attitude for a young star. Issue REGAN LEONG Townsville Marlin, Regan was the male equivalent to Mikkayla, dominating the 13 years and under age group, winning seven gold medals and one silver. Regan’s wins came in the 50, 100, 200m freestyle, 100 and 200m backstroke and the 100 and 200m butterfly and he claimed silver in the 200m individual medley. Regan was three golds short of Ian Thorpe’s record of 10 gold medals at the same age back in 1996 before he began his international career a year later at the age of 14. At the end of the championships he produced his two gold medals from the wins in the Queensland State relays that took his tally to nine golds, which he was also very proud of. Watch out for the tall boy from Townsville; if he continues to improve his times he might give Thorpe’s 10 a serious shot next year. HONOURABLE MENTIONS….. Other outstanding performances from the championships included: Jayden Hadler, the boy from Commercial won six gold and one silver, showing how strong he is in the 15 years age group. Kenneth To again proved too good in the 16 years 100 and 200m breaststroke and 200 and 400m medley events, winning five gold, including the 50m freestyle, as well as one silver and two bronze. Zach Featherstone from Southport Olympic on the Gold Coast won the 14 years 200 and 400m freestyle and 100 and 200m butterfly as well as silver in the 100m freestyle taking his medal tally to four gold and one silver. Lennard Bremer from Aqua Attack Western Australia swam 2:21.14 in the 14 years 200m breaststroke, creating a new Australian Age record, and finished the championships with four gold medals. Thomas Fraser-Holmes won two gold, one silver and one bronze and set a new Australian Age Record in the 17/18 years 400m individual medley (4:20.09) – improving his time from Trials. Te Haumi Maxwell won two gold and two silver and broke the 14 years 50m freestyle Australian Age All- Comers record in the relay lead-off for the NSW team, clocking a slick 23.46. Ben Treffers created a new Australian Age All-Comers record in the 17/18 years 100m backstroke, swimming a time of 55.03. Photographs: Delly Carr Issue QUEENSLAND DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN AGE ALL-STARS By Brooke Hanson Clarke The Age All-Stars and Youth All-Stars teams were chosen from the best performances in every event and age group across the six days of competition at the Australian Age Championships. The Australian Age All-Stars are made up of the fastest performances across the three younger age groups (13 years & under, 14 years and 15 years) and the Australian Youth All-Stars are selected from the fastest swims across the 16 years and 17-18 year age groups. The week witnessed Queensland dominate the State scoreboard, winning all eight Sate relays and taking out the top overall Inter-State title for the 10th year in a row. Queensland also took up five of the top ten club rankings, with Pro-Ma Miami taking out the top club title, closely followed by St Peters Western, Brothers (fifth), Commercial (seventh) and Southport Olympic (ninth). Queensland continued one of their most successful weeks at an Australian Age championship with 16 members of the Queensland team announced in the All-Stars teams. They were followed by New South Wales with 11 members, Victoria with three and Western Australia and South Australia with one member each. After a competitive week of racing, the All-Stars teams recognise those swimmers who swam outstanding times in their age bracket. The team doesn’t travel and compete; it’s purely a selection of Swimming Australia’s top 32 age performers. The Australian Age All-Stars include Mikkayla Maselli-Sheridan, the winner of nine gold medals, as well as Australian Age record breakers Yolane Kukla, Mitch Larkin and Te Haumi Maxwell. The Australian Youth All-Stars includes six members of the World Championship Swimming team bound for Rome in July – Olympians Cate Campbell, Belinda Hocking and Emily Seebohm as well as Australian team rookies Ryan Napoleon, Ellen Fullerton and Merindah Dingjan. They were joined by members of the Junior Pan-Pac and Australian Youth Olympic Festival teams, with a few new faces discovered at the 2009 Australian Age Championships. One of the new stars was 13-year-old Yolane Kukla, a Year 9 student at Brisbane’s St Peters Western Lutheran College, who won five gold medals and broke three Australian records. Issue AUSTRALIAN ALL-STARS Female Age Male Age Jessica Ashwood (SOPAC, NSW) Two gold, one silver Jayden Hadler (Commercial, QLD) Six gold, one silver Zoe Diamond (Liverpool, NSW) One gold, four silver, two bronze Mitch Larkin (Brisbane Jets, QLD) Two gold, two silver Yolane Kukla (St. Peters Western, QLD) Five gold Te Haumi Maxwell (MLC Marlins, NSW) Two gold, two silver Mikkayla Maselli-Sheridan (Commercial, QLD) Nine gold, one bronze Adam Paroz (Academy, QLD) One gold Eliza Smith (Hunter, NSW) One gold, two silver Buster Sykes (Brothers, QLD) Two gold, one bronze Aleysha Tokai (Casey Tiger Sharks, VIC) One gold, one silver, two bronze Eugene Tee (Surrey Park, VIC) One gold Tessa Wallace (Pelican Waters Caloundra, QLD) Three gold, two silver, one bronze Male Youth Female Youth Braiden Camm (Redlands, QLD) Cate Campbell (Indooroopilly, QLD) One gold, one silver Two gold Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Hunter/AIS, NSW) Merindah Dingjan (Southside Wesley/AIS, WA) Two gold, one silver, one bronze Three gold Grant Irvine (St. Peters Western, QLD) Ellen Fullerton (Pro-Ma Miami, QLD) One gold, one silver Five gold, one silver Jeremy Meyer (Traralgon, VIC) Belinda Hocking (Albury/AIS, NSW) Two gold Two gold Ryan Napoleon (St. Peters Western, QLD) Rebecca Kemp (Mackay, QLD) One gold Two gold Declan Potts (Norwood, SA) Samantha Marshall (Cook & Philip, NSW) One gold, two silver Two gold James Roberts (North End Aquatics, QLD) Nicole Mee (UniSwim, NSW) 23.11 lead leg 4x50m freestyle state relay One gold, one bronze Daniel Smith (Pro-Ma Miami, QLD) Emily Seebohm (Brothers, QLD) Two gold, one bronze One gold, one silver, one bronze Lachlan Staples (Kingswim, NSW) One gold, one silver Kenneth To (Trinity Grammar, NSW) Five gold, one silver, two bronze Ben Treffers (Burley Griffin/AIS, NSW) One gold Issue OPEN WATER… Greg Towle Open Water Swimming With the pool team now selected and our open water season all but over, we have started our preparations for an assault on the FINA World Championships in July. The Open Water Swimming events will be held out of Rome on the coast at Ostia. The course will be set just offshore and will run along the coast in a 2.5km loop. The move back to an ocean swim should make for entertaining racing as swimmers will need to rely more on their OWS ability and skills, taking into consideration possible swell, tide and navigational strategies. Our start list for the World Championships is as follows: July 19 (Women’s 5km): Kate Brookes-Peterson, Melissa Gorman July 19 (Men’s 5km): Trent Grimsey, Andrew Beato July 21 (Women’s10km): Melissa Gorman, Danielle De Francesco July 22 (Men’s 10km): Trent Grimsey, Rhys Mainstone July 24 (Women’s 25km): Shelley Clark, Kate Brookes-Peterson July 25 (Men’s 25km): Brendan Capell, Trent Grimsey I am excited by the prospects of this team which has a real mix of youth and Above: Beijing 10km Olympian Melissa experience. All of the swimmers come from very strong home programs and the Gorman; Below:: Australian 5 and 10km experience and support of recently appointed team coach John Rodgers will greatly Champion Trent Grimsey. assist in ensuring that we have a strong, fit and race ready team come July. In recent weeks many members of the team have been competing in a number of events with outstanding results. Firstly Melissa Gorman continued to show her versatility at the pool trials, also gaining selection on the pool team for the 800m freestyle. Andrew Beato was also very impressive at the trials, swimming some fantastic times and making several finals. Trent Grimsey struggled a little in getting back up for the pool trials after his dominant performance at the OWS trials a few weeks earlier, however, he made up for it with a dominant performance, winning the King Of The Bays open water swim in Auckland in tough conditions. Coming second was David Browne, from St Peters Western. Kate Brookes-Peterson, who has added the 25km to her specialist 5km event, was equally impressive taking out first place in the women’s event. Both Shelly Clark and Brendan Capell have been invited to compete in a race across the English Channel against the best in the world. They will stay in Europe after Worlds and compete some time in August. This has been a dream for both swimmers and we wish them all the best. Finally our two young guns from Junior Pan Pacs, Danielle De Francesco and Rhys Mainstone have been training well with their respective coaches, Denis Cotterell and Matt Magee, and from all reports are looking forward to competing in Italy. Their development over the past 12 months has been fantastic and I am very encouraged by their selection and enthusiastic about the future of the sport in Australia. Photographs: Delly Carr Issue PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE… CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS David Urquhart President Swimming Australia Congratulations to everyone involved with making the 2009 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships and the 2009 Australian Age Championships such great successes. Across two separate weeks we saw some outstanding performances by our talented swimmers. We witnessed the return to action of some of our champions from the Beijing Olympic Games and the emergence of some talented youngsters. This was particularly evident at the Age Championships, where the standard of swimming was extremely good. There were excellent performances in every age group and in every stroke so it is difficult to pick out the best swimmers but congratulations must go to Mikkayla Maselli-Sheridan, who won nine gold medals, and Regan Leong, who won seven gold medals. It is evident from these performances that swimming in Australia has a very promising future. The staging of big championships involves many people, not just the competitors, so congratulations to all officials and volunteers who helped make both events so outstanding. NEW DIRECTOR I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a new director to the board of Swimming Australia Limited, Clem Doherty. He replaces Peter Mannes as one of two independent directors appointed by the board, the other being Pippa Downes. Clem has a long and impressive record in business and as a board member. He has served on the board of Buildsite LLC, Australian Business Foundation, Australian Coalition of Service Industries (ACSI) and Australian Bush Heritage. He also works with businesses in the technology sector. He retired as a Director of global management consultants McKinsey & Company in 1996. At McKinsey he led the Asia-Pacific Telecommunications, Electronics, Media and Multimedia Sector and was co-leader of the Global Telecommunications Sector. He was also a member of the firm's Global Technology Committee. In his 17 years at McKinsey he worked with leading telecommunications, media and multimedia companies in areas of strategy, tactics, innovation and transformation. Clem holds a BSc.BE (UNSW) and an MBA from Stanford University. I’m sure Swimming Australia Limited will benefit greatly from having someone of the calibre of Clem Doherty on our board. Issue HIGH PERFORMANCE… JAPANESE PRIMED FOR DUEL DEBUT IN CANBERRA Alan Thompson High Performance Competition is certainly hotting up around the world and Australia will next month get a taste of that international build up to this year’s World Championships in Rome. The Telstra Dolphins will host Japan in the first Duel In The Pool between the two countries, at the AIS in Canberra on May 9 and 10. Australia and Japan have always had a close relationship on the pool deck and in recent times through the formation of the Pan Pacific Championships first swum in 1985 in Tokyo. It was deemed then to help improve the sport of swimming in Japan, they would host every second Pan Pacs and Australia has been lucky enough to experience some great swimming and some wonderful hospitality at venues like the 1964 Olympic Pool in Tokyo as well as Kobe, Yokohama and Fukuoka. The three Junior Pan Pac meets in Hawaii and Guam in 2005, 2007 and 2009 have all been huge successes for Japan and Australia and that was the catalyst to adding our Youth Teams into the Duel Meet as well. We look forward to hosting the Japanese delegation of almost 100 officials, coaches, support staff and swimmers in what we hope will be a continuation of a strong alliance throughout Asia in the build up to the 2012 London Olympics. And who knows Tokyo may well get the opportunity to host its second Olympic Games in 2016? There is no doubt that over the best part of the last two decades Japanese swimming has really improved and the emergence of the great Kosuke Kitajima – four time Olympic champion – is testament to the commitment to the sport in the land of the rising sun. Kitajima is “Ian Thorpe-like” in Japan and is plastered all over MEDAL DETECTORS: Australia’s Brenton billboards as one of the great sporting heroes of a very proud Rickard, silver and Kosuke Kitajima gold show medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships. country. Issue And although he is not swimming at the Duel In The Pool or the World Championships, the Japanese team has shown why it will continue to be one of the most feared opponents in international swimming. The performances, particularly of their men, at their recent National championships suggest that the Australian men will have to be very much on their toes. It will provide just the kind of tough, hard racing our guys are going to need in the lead up to Rome. Their women, particularly in breaststroke, are also very strong and will ensure that Australia’s young women’s team will have to fight hard in every race. Once again the build up to Rome will see most of our team scattered around the world with swimmers going to the West Coast of the USA and also into Europe. There should be some wonderful opportunities for our established stars and our rookies to get a real taste of some international race practice. One youngster who is actually staying at home to train is Lachlan Staples, who has had a call up to replace Nick D’Arcy in the World Championship team. Under coach Zane King, Staples will stay on the Central Coast of NSW, to train for the 10 weeks in his home environment and I welcome Lachlan on to the team and I’m sure he is capable of making the most of his opportunity. I have to say how impressed I was with the performances at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney, earlier this month. PARTNERS IN ARMS: Coach Zane King with Lachlan Staples earlier this year in Guam at the Congratulations to all those swimmers who were named in the All-Star teams and to those who broke records and set personal best times. I have no doubt that from what we saw over the six days that swimming in Australia is in very good hands and I know National Youth coach Leigh Nugent is very excited indeed. Photographs: HMG, Delly Carr, Patrick B Kraemer Issue DISABILITY NEWS… GRANT “THE TANK ENGINE” PATTERSON: A TRUE CHAMPION Karni Liddell Multi-Disability Every now and then you stumble across a character that you know you will never forget. The three words that spring to mind when trying to describe the newest world record-breaking member of the Telstra Dolphins Team are vivacious, inspirational and genuine. Grant Patterson (pictured below with Matt Cowdrey and Jeremy Tidy) sure does leave an impact on you after you meet him; the blend of his North Queensland accent with his lively and quick-witted nature will make him a very popular member of the Australian team. Grant has been around swimming competitions and circles for the past 10 years, however, at this year’s Telstra Swimming Championships he demonstrated that he will be a medal contender at the London Paralympics. The 18-year-old was born with a rare genetic condition called Diastrophic Dysplasia which is a disorder of cartilage and bone development and affected individuals have short stature with short arms and legs. Because of this Grant uses a specially designed trike to get around. Diastrophic Dysplasia affects about one in 100,000 newborns. Grant is an S3 Classification and if he makes the Australian Short Course team in August or indeed any Australian swimming team he will become the lowest classification swimmer to ever compete in swimming for the nation. This statistic is even more impressive after you discover that Grant gave up swimming for five years due to injuries, ear infections and a lack of motivation. He began his journey towards his 100m backstroke world record in September 2007. “I wasn’t really happy with myself after high school, I was unfit, unhealthy and unmotivated,” Grant said. “I only got back into the water to gain back some sort of fitness as I felt like a big fat blob.” He began swimming for fitness at his local pool in Cairns, where he was spotted by coach Andrew ‘Herbie’ Howard, who encouraged him to join his squad. ‘Herbie’ was Grant’s old assistant coach and trying to convince Grant to come back to competitive swimming was not straight-forward. “Herbie said to me ‘come back to competitive swimming’ and I thought ‘no way’ as I knew what that involved, too much hard work!” Grant said. The coach’s persuasion clearly did the job as Grant is now swimming seven sessions a week at Central Cairns Club and is clocking around three kilometres in each session. “Herbie is such a great guy, very knowledgeable and he is a real hard worker as he is passionate about swimming,” Grant said. Issue “I’ve transformed from being a fat blob, into being a little tank, a little machine, I feel so much better.” The combination of Herbie and Grant could prove to be Australia’s secret weapon leading into overseas competitions, as the team finally has lower-class representation. “I took six seconds off the 100m backstroke world record, I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited, I can’t wait to race at the Arafura Games in a couple of weeks,” Grant said. In an exciting development for the Arafura Games, events for Athletes with a Disability (AWD) will be greatly expanded and the Games will showcase AWD events in eight sports, including swimming. AWD events and able-bodied events will be combined into the one competition providing a unique opportunity for all athletes in Asia, the Pacific and beyond. Arafura Games is now recognised as a leading international sporting competition for the developing athletes of the Asia Pacific Region. The Games are held every two years in Darwin and the head coach of the Australian Swim Team, Brendan Keogh, is hoping the athletes selected will use this competition as a stepping-stone. “The idea behind this competition is to give swimmers their first International experience on domestic soil and to give them their first Australian team experience,” Brendan said. 2009 ARAFURA GAMES TEAM Male Justin Goldman Firbank Aquastars VIC Sean Grierson Warringah Aquatic NSW Ahmed Kelly Kilmore Swim Club VIC Kieran Murphy Burnside SA Grant Patterson Central Cairns QLD Aaron Rhind Ginninderra NSW Eliah Smith PBA Piranhas SA Luke Smith Victoria Park WA Female Deanni Cowen Peel Aquatic WA Rachel Horler Gosford Stingrays NSW Nicole Latham Eltham Swim Club VIC Stephanie Poynton Firbank Aquastars VIC Madeleine Scott Southlake Dolphins WA Sally Wheeler Maryborough QLD Head Coach Peter Freney Team Coaches Andrew Howard Central Cairns QLD THE TANK: Grant Patterson (centre) on the dais at the Telstra Australian Swimming Stacey Scott Southlake Dolphins WA Championships with Matt Cowdrey and Jeremy Tidy. Photograph: Delly Carr Issue SPORT DEVELOPMENT Tim Arnold Sport Development Manager APPLY FOR UP TO $5000 OF EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR CLUB Australia continues to produce impressive results in the pool at an elite level internationally, building on our long history of producing world champion swimmers. By teaming up with the Swimming Australia, Telstra is committed to supporting and encouraging a new generation of Aussie champions within the nationwide network of swimming clubs. The Telstra Assistance Fund provides equipment valued up to $5000 (excluding GST) to help swimming clubs around the country so they can perform at their best. All clubs are eligible to apply, provided they are registered with the relevant State or Territory swimming association and affiliated with Swimming Australia. Clubs must also have completed the 2009 Australian Unity GO Club PB workbook. Clubs which have previously received funding from the Telstra Assistance Fund are eligible to apply again in 2009. Don't miss the chance to give your swimming club its shot at success with the Telstra Assistance Fund. Applications open May 4, 2009, and close June 14. 2009. Visit http://www.beinvolved.telstra.com to complete the application! 2009 AUSTRALIAN UNITY GO CLUB PB Australian Unity GO Club PB enables Swimming Australia to recognise and reward clubs that are taking a holistic approach. It also helps to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, enabling the development of programs to appropriately address these issues. Swimming clubs are the backbone of our sport. They are a vital cog in the high-performance pathway and provide opportunities for swimmers at all levels and of all abilities to participate in this great sport. All clubs who complete the Australian Unity GO Club PB workbook receive a poster providing feedback on their results and comparison to the state and national average. Clubs achieving the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Green standards receive a 2009 GO Club PB recognition folder providing posters, badges, seals and artwork enabling the club to promote and rate its achievement. Just participating in the Australian Unity GO Club PB brings awareness to the importance of club development, attracting new members, servicing and enhancing the experience for existing members, and creating an environment in which all members are able to reach their potential. Clubs must complete the Australian Unity GO Club PB to be deemed eligible for the 2009 Telstra Assistance Fund. Interested clubs should go to the Swimming Australia website and click on the Australian Unity GO Club PB Button. Issue SASHA’S SPLASHES: Sasha Pine BREASTSTROKE CHAMP JIMMY TIES THE KNOT Popular 2004 Olympian and former Australian breaststroke star Jim Piper married his long-time love, Leah Burt, in a gorgeous ceremony in the heart of Perth. Just over 100 family and friends gathered to witness the pair exchange vows. Leah looked absolutely stunning in a strapless beaded gown and, I must admit, Jim looked very handsome in his tails. Standing up next to Jim in the bridal party were his good swimming mates, Olympians, Adam Lucas and Ashley Callus. The reception was later held at the exclusive Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, in the beautiful suburb of Peppermint Grove. The MC for the evening was Jim’s former coach and Swimming Australia’s head coach Alan Thompson, who kept the night running smoothly. The couple looked so in love as they danced for the first time as husband and wife. There were a few party poopers who left before the bride and groom as they had early flights to catch to Sydney for the World Championship trials, so they can be forgiven. Jim and Leah spent their honeymoon in tropical paradise Bora Bora. UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC CONDITIONS HALT AWARDS GALA FOR RICE A big night out in Monaco will have to wait for Stephanie Rice, with this year's Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony cancelled due to the uncertain economic climate. Instead the winners will receive their trophies individually at a series of presentations during May and June. “Ricey” is among four Australians nominated for Laureus Awards this year after winning three gold medals in Beijing. Australian swimming's golden girl has been nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year category alongside Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba, American tennis ace Venus Williams, Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa and American skier Lindsay Vonn. Greg Norman and Australian cyclist Anna Meares will go head-to-head for the World Comeback of the Year award, while surfer Stephanie Gilmore is up for Action Sportsperson of the Year honours. I am sure coach Michael Bohl will be pleased his star pupil – who was recently announced as an ambassador for the Tresses For Princesses Foundation (which collects hair to make wigs for children with the hair-loss illness Alopecia) will not be travelling all over the globe and can focus on her preparation for Rome’s World Championships. Issue SULLIVAN TO TRAIN WITH “THE HULK” Just one month prior to the Rome World Champs, Eamon Sullivan will train with his nemesis, Olympic champion and the man who broke his world record in the 100m, Alain Bernard. The Hulking Frenchman will welcome Eamon and Grant Stoelwinder’s Sydney-based squad in Antibes on the French Riviera. The NSWIS Super Squad will spend a week training in Bernard's home pool in the lead-up to the Paris Open meet from June 19 to 21. The two sprinters have created one of the most interesting rivalries in the sport in the past year, trading world records in the 50m and 100m freestyle. The 100m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics’ was the event to watch. Bernard won that showdown, however, they have maintained an unusually friendly relationship out of the pool. In the testosterone-fuelled world of sprinting, hostility is more common than hospitality between direct rivals but the speedsters are taking a different approach to their combat. Stoelwinder revealed that the Paris Open organisers had created the opportunity for the two sprinters to join forces temporarily and the pair jumped at the opportunity, given the successful sharing exercise Stoelwinder’s international training centre squad has enjoyed with Swedish sprint star Therese Alshammar. Photographs: Delly Carr, Hamilton Lund, Sasha Pine Issue CALENDAR 2009 May 9 - 10 Duel In The Pool (Telstra Grand Prix #1) Canberra 7 – 13 Arafura Games Darwin June 20 – 21 Telstra Grand Prix #2 Melbourne July 5 – 12 2009 Trans Tasman Melbourne, Wodonga, Canberra 24 – 25 NSW Short Course Championships Sydney 19 – 2nd August FINA World Championships Rome August 8 – 12 2009 Telstra Australian Short Course Hobart Championships 28 – 30 NSW State Age Short Course Championships Sydney September 19 – 21 State Teams Age Short Course Canberra Championships 2010 February 20 – 21 2010 Australian Open Water Championships Nagambie Lake, – Open/Age Nagambie, VIC 26 - 28 Australian Age Multi Disability Canberra Championships March 23 –28 2010 Telstra Australian Swimming (TBC) Championships 2010 Australian Age Championships (TBC) April TBC Telstra Grand Prix TBC July 4 - 10 2010 Trans Tasman TBC 14 - 18 2010 Telstra Australian Short Course TBC Championships Issue August 19 – 23 Pan Pacific Championships USA 28 – 1 September Telstra Australian Short Course TBC Championships September 17 - 19 State Teams Age Short Course Canberra Championships October 3 – 14 19th Commonwealth Games Delhi, India December 8-12 FINA World Short Course Championships Dubai, UAE TBC 2011 February 19 – 21 2011 Australian Open Water Championships TBC – Open/Age March 19 – 26 2011 Telstra Australian Swimming TBC Championships April 16 – 17 Telstra Grand Prix #1 Canberra 25 – 30 2011 Australian Age Championships TBC June 25 – 26 Telstra Grand Prix #2 TBC July 24 – 31 14th FINA World Championships Shanghai, China Issue ATHLETE PROFILES Last month e swimmer profiled two of the ‘Terrific Ten’, the 2009 World Championship rookies. This month three-time FINA World Championship representative Brooke Hanson Clarke takes a look at two more 18 year-old rookies, Ryan Napoleon and Merindah Dingjan. Ryan Napoleon’s rise to the top has been perfectly timed. His performances over the past five years include 12 individual gold medals at the Australian Age Championships, representing Australia on three Trans Tasman Series teams, winning three gold medals and one silver at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India and two silver medals at 2008 Telstra Australian Short Course Championships. In January at the 2009 Junior Pan Pac's in Guam, he won four gold medals and one bronze, marking him as a likely contender at the Telstra Australian Championships. Napoleon looked fitter and faster than ever at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in March and ready to perform at his peak. His silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle behind Robert Hurley saw him swim a personal best time of 3:48.02, the seventh fastest ever by an Australian. Although his seat to Rome was booked, Napoleon’s week wasn’t finished until the final night of competition when he swam an incredible race from lane one in the final of the 1500m freestyle. After swimming a time trial against 12-year-olds just to gain a berth in the final, he blew the field away, winning the gold medal in a 34-second personal best of 15:01.99. His time ranks him the sixth fastest of all time by an Australian, behind some of the legends of the sport; triple Olympians Grant Hackett and Kieren Perkins and dual Olympians Craig Stevens, Daniel Kowalski and Glen Housman. Napoleon will race the 400m and 1500m freestyle at Rome and continues to dream about competing for Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games. Fellow rookie Merindah Dingjan from Western Australia accepted a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra 16 months ago. Dingjan is also attending the University of Canberra, an elite athlete-friendly university where she is studying psychology part time. Despite the difficulties of balancing swimming and studies, she has been overwhelmed with her results in the pool over the past month. Her rapid improvement in the past year has seen her go from a strong age group swimmer to a vital member of the 4x200 freestyle squad for the World Championships. Issue Dingjan represented Australia at the 2008 Oceania Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, winning gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay, silver in the 100m freestyle (56.27) and 4x200 freestyle relay and bronze in the 200m freestyle (2.02.80). At the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India, she won gold in the 100m freestyle (56.99) and finished fourth in the 200m freestyle (2.03.01). In the five months after the games, Dingjan worked hard with coach Shannon Rollason at the AIS and improved her times remarkably to make finals at the 2009 Telstra Australian Championships. In the final of the 200m freestyle, Dingjan swam a personal best time of 1.58.52, more than four seconds faster than 10 months earlier. Her time placed her fifth in the final and secured her position in the Australian team for the World Championships as a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay squad. Dingjan also finished seventh in the final of the 100m freestyle in another personal best of 55.28. Although outside the top six, her time gives head coach Alan Thompson another option come the relays in Rome. At the Australian Age Championships, Napoleon raced one individual event, winning the 400m freestyle, while he also won medals for Queensland and St Peters Western in the relays. Dingjan won her first Australian Age gold medals, taking out the 17-18 years girls 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle. Both Napoleon and Dingjan are excited about what lies ahead of them at Rome so check out what makes these two rookies tick…. RYAN NAPOLEON Age: 18 Nickname: Ryno Coach: Michael Bohl Describe your coach in one word: Wise Former coaches: Doug Frost and Glen Baker Describe your former coaches in one word: Challenging Swimming club: St Peters Western, QLD Favourite event: 400m Freestyle Best ever performance: 1500m Free at 2009 Opens Why? It was only my second attempt and a good time 2008 Olympic Trials: Made the semi-finals 2009 Junior Pan Pacs: Four gold, two of which were relays – I had a lot of fun 2009 Australian Opens: Gold 1500, Silver 400, Gold 4x200 relay Issue 2009 World Championships: Can’t wait to be there Commonwealth Games 2010: Hope to be there 2012 Olympic Games: Dream to be there Inspirations: Ned and everyone at St Peters Western Role models: My squad mates Robert Hurley: Great bloke Oussama Mellouli: Stole my bed! David Davies: Pom Peter Vanderkaay: American 200m 1500m swimmer What gets you up in the morning: The alarm Music: Everything but classical TV: Entourage,The Unit, and Underbelly AFL/NRL/Union: NRL Favourite sporting team: Gold Coast Titans Tea/Coffee/Milo: Milo Burger/Sandwich: Burger Beach/Movie: Movie – hard choice…. Pizza/Pasta: Both, it’s too hard to choose Pre-race snack: Nothing I prefer to have an empty stomach when I race Last movie you saw: 12 Rounds Last book you read: Twilight Holiday destination: Somewhere new Your worst habit: Biting my nails Favourite swimmer: No one person My last meal would be: Cooked by Mandy Napoleon Favourite psych up song: Anything by Have Heart You are having a dinner party and can invite three people, living or dead, who are they: Anthony Keidis, Peter Griffin, Shanina Shaik Swimming is… Taking over my life My dream is… My life at the moment I want to be remembered for… All the good reasons The greatest thing you will take from your swimming career: Learning how to achieve goals, working hard and consistently to get to where I want to go During training I drink: “5hr Energy, I use it, I love it”, Guam Water…. What can’t you live without: Movies, music and my phone Studying/Working: Working Favourite item of clothing: Jeans are good On Sundays I love to… Do something entertaining Life after swimming: I’m still unclear on what I want to do. Property development is this month’s choice Ryan Napoleon in three words: Laid-back, determined, open-minded Photographs: Delly Carr Issue MERINDAH DINGJAN Age: 18 Nickname: Mindy, Mirrors Coach: Shannon Rollason Describe your coach in one word: All-knowing Former coach: Nick Watkins Describe your former coach in one word: Calm Swimming club: AIS; Southside Wesley, WA Favourite event: 100m freestyle Best ever performance: 200m freestyle at the 2009 World Trials Why: I made the TEAM! 2008 Olympic Trials: Was a big learning experience 2009 Australian Championships: Fun and memorable 2009 World Championships: Will be a great experience – hopefully! Commonwealth Games 2010: Is a good goal for next year 2012 Olympic Games: Is still a while away Inspirations: Other athletes that always try to get the best from themselves, like Rafael Nadal What gets you up in the morning: My alarm! Music: Rock, pop, British rock AFL/NRL/Union: AFL Favourite sporting team: St Kilda Football Club Tea/Coffee/Milo: Tea Burger/Sandwich: Neither Beach/Movie: Beach in summer, movie in winter Pizza/Pasta: Pasta Pre-race snack: Nothing Last movie you saw: Gone Baby Gone on DVD – I loved it. Last book you read: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown Your worst habit: Singing badly! My last meal would be: Lasagne You are having a dinner party and can invite three people, living or dead, who are they: Rafael Nadal, Jamie Oliver (so he can cook for the dinner) and Edward Cullen (Rob Pattinson is also fine!) Swimming is… A big part of my life at the moment My dream is… simply to get the most out of life During training I drink: Mostly pool water – ha ha What can’t you live without: Friends and music Studying/Working: Studying psychology part time at university Favourite item of clothing: My PJ’s On Sundays I love to… Sleep in Life after swimming: Is hopefully a while away Merindah Dingjan in three words: Simple, humorous, calm Issue Australian Swim Team chooses 2XU Compression Leading high performance compression apparel brand, 2XU, has been appointed Official Supplier of Swimming Australia. Under the exclusive new agreement, 2XU Compression garments will be worn by the Australian Swim Team during out of pool training and critical recovery periods. 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