The Australian Olympic Committee named a star-studded team of 44 Dolphins for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre tonight.

New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship athletes – Bronte Campbell, Bradley Woodward, William Yang, Olivia Wunsch, and Se-Bom Lee – qualified for the team. Campbell will join a select group of Australian swimmers to compete at their forth Olympic Games, while Lee will line up for his second Olympic campaign having competed at Tokyo 2020, Woodward – who featured in the NSWIS Lights Up documentary series – Yang, and 18-year-old Wunsch are poised to make their Olympic debuts. NSWIS Swimming Head Coach, Adam Kable, as also been selected to the Team.

After six days of world-class racing at the Australian Swimming Trials, 23 debutants were selected to feature alongside Olympian Cam McEvoy – the first male swimmer to attend four Olympics – and Bronte Campbell who becomes only the fifth Olympian to swim at four Olympics.

The team also boasts three Dolphins who will be out to defend their individual gold Olympic crowns: Ariarne Titmus in the 200m and 400m; Kaylee McKeown in the 100m and 200m backstroke; and Zac Stubblety-Cook aiming to be the first Australian man to win back-to-back 200m breaststroke gold medals.

Crowd favourite Cate Campbell missed out on her fairytale ending but said her illustrious Olympic career finished with peace and with love – and the 50m finalists embracing her.

Among those congratulating her career in the lane ropes was Australia’s greatest ever Olympian Emma McKeon, who will appear at her third Olympic Games, world champion Mollie O’Callaghan, and Shayna Jack.

Considered the new ‘Thorpie and Hackett’ of the Dolphins, Elijah Winnington and Sam Short were also named – Winnington for his second Games and Short his first.

“This has been an outstanding Australian Swimming Trials at Brisbane Aquatic Centre – with so many quality swimmers competing fiercely for limited spots,” Australian Dolphins Head Coach Rohan Taylor said.

“Congratulations to every single Dolphin selected for Paris 2024 – you have earned your place on the Australian Swimming Team and congratulations also to your friends, families, coaches and supporters – all of you have been part of this Olympic achievement.

“This team is balanced by debutants through to record breakers and stalwarts – from Cam McEvoy and Bronte Campbell at their fourth Games, through to rookies Ben Armbruster and Olivia Wunsch.

“This is a team that will do Australia proud – in and out of the pool – and we can’t wait to see competition unfold in Saint-Denis at the Centre Aquatique Olympique and in the Seine.

“We congratulate our coaching staff as well and are thrilled to announce Kate Sparks and Kareena Lee as part of the Dolphins Olympic coaching family.”

“On behalf of Swimming Australia, I congratulate our athletes, our coaches and the entire Olympic team. The commitment these athletes have shown to Swimming Australia is unmatched and I look forward to watching them take on the world in Paris,” Swimming Australia CEO, Rob Woodhouse said.

“Our Dolphins are Australia’s most successful Olympic team – and the Olympics are a global showcase of our national affinity of water and the success of our pathways programs. We know what is achieved in the pool will inspire our grassroots communities and the next generation of Olympians through to Brisbane 2032.” 

Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission for Paris 2024, Anna Meares, said tonight’s announcement was a time to celebrate for athletes after a week of fierce competition.

“I am delighted to announce our Dolphins who have earned their place in the Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024,” Ms Meares said.

“We have witnessed an extraordinary week of the toughest competition. The way these athletes have driven each other has made such an impact.”  

Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024 – Swimming
Name Age Games Suburb State Post code
Iona Anderson 18 Debut Marmion WA 6020
Ben Armbruster 22 Debut Robina QLD 4226
Jaclyn Barclay 17 Debut Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069
Bronte Campbell 30 4th (2012, 2016, 2020) North Bondi NSW 2026
Jack Cartwright 25 Debut Kenmore QLD 4069
Kyle Chalmers 25* 3rd (2016, 2020) Hawthorndene SA 5051
Abbey Connor 19 Debut Parrearra QLD 4575
Isaac Cooper 20 2nd (2020) Mountain Creek QLD 4557
Elizabeth Dekkers 20 Debut Newmarket QLD 4051
Jenna Forrester 21 Debut Nundah QLD 4012
Maximillian Giuliani 20* Debut Carlton TAS 7173
Chelsea Gubecka 25 2nd (2016) Yeerongpilly QLD 4105
Meg Harris 22 2nd (2020) Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Zac Incerti 27* 2nd (2020) Sippy Downs QLD 4556
Shayna Jack 25 Debut Mansfield QLD 4122
Moesha Johnson** 26 Debut Main Beach QLD 4217
Kyle Lee 22 Debut Australind WA
Se-Bom Lee 23 2nd (2020) Concord NSW 2137
Cameron McEvoy 30 4th (2012, 2016, 2020) West End QLD 4101
Emma McKeon 30 3rd (2016, 2020) Labrador QLD 4215
Kaylee McKeown 22* 2nd (2020) Labrador QLD 4215
Thomas Neill 22 2nd (2020) Red Hill QLD 4059
Mollie O’Callaghan 20 2nd (2020) Augustine Heights QLD 4300
Lani Pallister 22 Debut Alexandra Headland QLD 4572
Alexandria Perkins 23* Debut Caloundra West QLD 4551
Jamie Perkins 19 Debut Alexandra Headland QLD 4572
William Petric 19* Debut Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
Ella Ramsay 19* Debut Brassall QLD 4305
Samuel Short 20 Debut Bunya QLD 4055
Nicholas Sloman 26 Debut Peregian Beach QLD 4573
Brendon Smith 23 2nd (2020) Melbourne VIC 3111
Flynn Southam 19 Debut Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Jenna Strauch 27 2nd (2020) Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Zac Stubblety-Cook 25 2nd (2020) Nathan QLD 4111
Kai Taylor 20 Debut Norman Park QLD 4170
Matthew Temple 24 2nd (2020) Vermont South VIC 3133
Brianna Throssell 28 3rd (2016, 2020) Mooloolaba QLD 4557
Ariarne Titmus 23 2nd (2020) Teneriffe QLD 4005
Samuel Williamson 26 Debut Melbourne QLD 3191
Elijah Winnington 24 2nd (2020) Chelmer QLD 4068
Bradley Woodward 25* Debut Mays Hill NSW 2145
Olivia Wunsch 18 Debut North Ryde NSW 2113
William Yang 25 Debut Sydney NSW 2070
Joshua Yong 22* Debut Claremont WA 6010
*will have birthday between selection and the Games.

The swimming events will take place from 27 July to 4 August at the Centre Aquatique Olympique in Paris.

Story courtesy of Swimming Australia

Photo: Delly Carr

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