Australia have announced 35 swimmers – 21 men and 14 women – who will compete in their home Para Pan Pacs in Cairns from 9-14 August.
Paralympic stars Ellie Cole, Brenden Hall, Lakeisha Patterson, and Rachael Watson, who will be joined by a host of new faces unveiled during the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships Trials.
Cole captured six medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, including gold in the women’s 100m backstroke S9. Teenager Patterson also collected six medal from Rio, including the women’s 400m freestyle S8 title.
Seventeen swimmers from the 2014 Para Pan Pacs in the USA will return for this meet.
Matt Levy is the oldest member of the team, and the 31-year-old will be included alongside his coach, former Australian and Canadian Commonwealth Games swimmer, Stephen Badger.
The Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships (Para Pan Pacs) is hosted every four years by Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States. The last edition was held in August 2014 in Pasadena, USA, with swimmers from 19 countries.
Australian Dolphins Swim Team, Para Pan Pacs, Cairns, August 9-14, 2018:
MEN: Jesse Aungles, Liam Bekric, Rohan Bright, Blake Cochrane, Rowan Crothers, Timothy Disken, Daniel Fox, Brenden Hall, Guy Harrison-Murray, Timothy Hodge, Braedan Jason, Ahmed Kelly, Mitchell Kilduff, Matt Levy, Jeremy McClure, Grant Patterson), Rick Pendleton, Ben Popham, Logan Powell, Liam Schluter, Jacob Templeton
WOMEN: Ellie Cole, Taylor Corry, Katja Dedekind, Katherine Downie, Jaime-Lee Getson, Jasmine Greenwood, Paige Leonhardt, Ashleigh McConnell, Monique Murphy, Lakeisha Patterson, Madeleine Scott, Keira Stephens, Tiffany Thomas Kane, Rachael Watson
Para Pan Pacs Team Head Coach: Leigh Nugent
The complete 35-strong team can be found on the Australian Paralympic Committee’s website.