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Pan Pacific Championship Trials set to showcase swimming’s rising stars

Pan Pacific Championship Trials set to showcase swimming’s rising stars
June 29, 2018

Set to commence tomorrow (30th June) the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championship Trials will see a host of Commonwealth Games swimmers plus the next generation of rising athletes return to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide to race for a shot at team selection.

Being staged until 4th June, the event offers fans the opportunity to see Australia’s best swimmers compete before they take on the international swimming powerhouses the USA, Canada and Japan this August.

A total of 16 athletes have already achieved the qualification standard necessary for team selection including Mack Horton, Emily Seebohm, Mitch Larkin and Kyle Chalmers – setting a challenge for the rising stars to step up and join them and an opportunity for the fans to see the next generation in action.

With the tough qualification times set at top eight in the world for each event, this will be no easy feat but swimmers like Commonwealth Games team members Jack Cartwright, Georgia Bohl, Taylor and Kaylee McKeown, Elijah Winnington and Australian Age group star Maddy Gough will have their eyes firmly on the Pan Pacs prize.

For the Paralympic athletes this is their time to shine, this event is the Multi Class National Championships, and their only shot at selection onto the Para Pan Pacific Championships team bound for Cairns this August.

Welcoming the event, South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway advised “this is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to see our favourite champions, including local hero Kyle Chalmers, and the next generation of athletes fight hard for their position on the Australian swimming team.”

As a key event on the Para program this year, Swimming Australia Paralympic High Performance Manager Adam Pine said he was excited to see the swimmer in action.

Pine explained “after an interrupted 2017 and only a small selection of Para-Sport events at the Commonwealth Games, Adelaide marks the start of our cycle and I am really looking forward to the racing getting underway.

“The Para Pan Pacific Championships Trials starts the run into Tokyo and making this team is a vital stepping stone in the lead up to 2020.

“Then, hosting the 2018 Para Pan Pacific Championships in Cairns is a great opportunity for us and all our swimmers and coaches.

“We will select a larger than normal team in Adelaide (up to 35), but it will still require athletes to reach performance times of top five in the world to be considered for selection.”

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Images: Past Pan Pacific Championship Trials at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (top) and  Emily Seebohm at the 2018 Swimming Australia trials earlier this year (below).

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