The Australian Olympic Committee has announced a 35-strong Olympic Swimming Team on Thursday with four NSWIS athletes securing their tickets to Tokyo.
Following the conclusion of the Australian Swimming Trials, Cate Cambell is set to join an elite few in representing Australia at a fourth Olympic Games by qualifying for the women’s 50m and 100m freestyle events, with sister Bronte Campbell selected alongside her for the relay team/s.
Youngster Se-Bom Lee from Carlisle celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday by qualifying for his Olympic debut in the men’s 400m individual medley, and will be joined by fellow first-timer Matthew Wilson.
The former world record holder and world championship silver medallist heartbreakingly fell short of the qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke, however was nominated to the Team under Swimming Australia’s selection policy of extenuating circumstances following a family bereavement.
Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said tonight’s announcement was a great milestone for all 35 athletes.
“Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes,” Mr Chesterman said. “Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.
“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”
“I want to highlight Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm in particular – achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.