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Swimming Australia welcomes MSAC’s hosting of 2023 World Trials 

Swimming Australia welcomes MSAC’s hosting of 2023 World Trials 
February 25, 2023

Swimming Australia has welcomed the confirmation of Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre's hosting of the 2023 World Trials which will run from 13th to 18th June and serve as the qualifying opportunity for the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan in July.

Melbourne’s hosting of the blockbuster trials event comes just six months after hosting the 16th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) in December, which saw more than 20,000 fans converge on MSAC across the competition.

Swimming Australia Chief Executive, Eugénie Buckley, welcomed the return to MSAC for such a quality meet and noted “the trials environment brings out the very best in our athletes and taking that platform to a state-of-the-art facility like MSAC will undoubtedly inspire some exceptional performances.

“As we saw so clearly during World Short Course, the performance lift experienced by competing in front of a passionate home crowd is tangible and we expect another typically large Melbourne turn out to spur our athletes on once again.

“We are proud to continue our strong relationship with the Victorian State Government and Visit Victoria to bring premier events and world class athletes to one of the sporting capitals of the world.”

Swimming and sporting fans more broadly can expect a quality field of the country’s leading athletes to vie for selection in the Australian Dolphins team at MSAC, with the 2023 World Championships one of the final international racing opportunities available ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

A star-studded line up will contest the World Trials with Australian Dolphins including Emma McKeon, Ariarne Titmus, Kyle Chalmers, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Kaylee McKeown, Mollie O’Callaghan, Cody Simpson and Lani Pallister all currently timing their preparations to June.

Fresh from her quadruple Gold medal haul in the MSAC pool in December, Pallister said it was exciting to be heading back to Melbourne and shared “It’s a place that now holds such fond memories for me and I have no doubt I’ll draw on those during the important moments at trials.

“To share those experiences with a home crowd was incredibly special and I’m sure their passion and energy contributed to my performances, so I’d encourage the Melbourne fans to turn up again.”

“It will be a week of high quality racing with a number of the best athletes in the world all fighting to be on the Dolphins team which means so much to us all.”

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