Four NSWIS Para Swimmers Named to Australian Commonwealth Games Team

Posted on May 5, 2022 by

An elite squad of 27 Para swimmers is poised to represent Australia with distinction at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from July 28 to August 8, with the Team Members being revealed today at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

From decorated champion Ellie Cole OAM to teenage sensation Isabella Vincent, the team chosen to swim for the green and gold has a proven record of success and includes eight Commonwealth Games medallists and eight Paralympic gold medallists.

The experienced campaigners will be joined by a new breed of future swimming stars who will make their Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham.

Team NSWIS’ Ellie Cole headlines a diverse and talented team with representatives from across the country.

She will be seeking to add a Birmingham gold medal to an outstanding resume that includes six Paralympic gold medals when she makes her third Commonwealth Games appearance after selection for the Delhi 2010 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games resulting in a silver and three bronze medals.

Birmingham will be the final meet of Ellie’s stellar career and a gold in her signature event, the 100m Freestyle S9, would complete a full set of medals at three Commonwealth Games medals for the champion.

Ellie has set the example for her fellow Para-swimmers to follow as she strives for victory in one final “splash and dash” for Australia in Birmingham.

“Obviously I’m going there to try and win. I’m not going to be disappointed in myself as an athlete if I don’t – I’ve achieved a lot in my 17 years on the Australian swim team,” Cole said.

“But… the one thing that is missing is the Commonwealth Games gold medal.

“I don’t really like swimming fast, I like swimming long and slow, but I’m going to have to learn how to move my arms around and scurry on.

“We’ve seen Para-sport come such a long way over the last 10-12 years and huge credit goes to the Commonwealth Games – it’s one of the only events in the world where we have an integrated program, so I do have a lot to thank the Commonwealth Games for and that’s the reason why I want to retire at the Commonwealth Games.”

New South Wales duo and Kurt Fearnley Scholarship recipients Jasmine Greenwood and Oscar Stubbs are bound for Birmingham showcasing the success of the scholarship, named in honour of Kurt Fearnley AO, one of Australia’s greatest athletes.

Commonwealth Games Australia and the Carbine Club of NSW joined forces in 2019 to create the Kurt Fearnley Scholarship program with the goal of providing additional financial support to talented individual Para-sport athletes based in NSW who were not receiving financial support elsewhere.

The scholarship’s financial support, coupled with the training support of the New South Wales Institute of Sport has allowed these youngsters to achieve one of their sporting dreams in making the team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham 2022 Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM praised the line-up of outstanding swimmers selected to represent the green and gold in Birmingham.

“Congratulations to the first 27 swimming Team Members who have been selected to the Australian Commonwealth Games team for the Birmingham Games,” Petria said.

“After a successful Tokyo Paralympics campaign, our Dolphins have continued the hard work towards the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and today’s selections are a result of their commitment to their swimming.

“This is an exciting squad who are ready to take on the best swimmers from across the Commonwealth. The squad possesses a wonderful mix of veterans, including Blake Cochrane who becomes the first Para-Dolphin to be selected to four Commonwealth Games, through to the 16 Commonwealth Games debutants who will bring vigour and excitement to the team.

“The Commonwealth Games have been an important milestone in the careers of many of our swimmers, myself included when I won my first international gold medal at the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games.

“I am sure these 27 swimmers will cherish the opportunity to compete in the green and gold, and I know they will perform in a way that continues the proud legacy of the Australian Dolphins at the Commonwealth Games.”

Swimming Australia CEO Eugénie Buckley congratulated the swimmers on their selection.

“We are immensely proud of these athletes selected to compete in Birmingham,” Eugénie said.

“Whether it’s your first time or your fourth, any opportunity to represent Australia on the international stage is a privilege and one I know this group will relish.

“Our athletes have played a central role in the rich history of success of Para-sport at the Commonwealth Games and it’s a record I’m sure they will add to in Birmingham.”

Paralympic medallist Timothy Hodge will also represent NSWIS at the Games, alongside fellow scholarship holder Jade Lucy.

Commonwealth Games Australia and Swimming Australia will announce the selection of up to three more Team Members in the coming weeks, pending classification review.

The full Australian swimming contingent for Birmingham will be completed with the announcement of the able-bodied swimmers following the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide from 18-22 May.

 

Article courtesy of Commonwealth Games Australia

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