During the school holidays Stuart Swinburn, Year 11, competed at the Australian National Age Swimming Championships in Sydney. Based on his performance at the championships Stuart was selected to join two Junior Australian swimming teams.
Junior Pan Pacs in Suva Fiji (24 – 28 August 2018)
Stuart is one of 15 boys and 15 girls who have qualified to represent Australia at the Championships. The Pan Pacs Championships is held every two years and is one of the premier international swimming competitions for both junior and open swimmers. The countries that compete at Pan Pacs are all countries associated with the Pacific Ocean including the strong swimming nations of the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina (6 -18 October 2018)
Stuart has also been selected in a small team of 8 swimmers (4 boys and 4 girls) to compete for Australia at Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. The Youth Olympics are based on the same program as the Olympics with 28 sports held in the summer games. Stuart will be part of a larger Australian team who will enjoy the experience of living in a games village, mixing with athletes from different sports and different countries. He might even learn some Spanish.
Australian Age Swimming Championships
There were five Waverley swimmers competing at the National Age Championships in Sydney this year, a significant achievement to qualify, these were:
- Robbie Beal, Year 11
- Peter Cassimatis, Year 10
- Liam Davis, Year 8
- Erwan Le Pechoux, Year 12
- Stuart Swinburn, Year 11