Another major swimming event heading to South Australia

26 April 2013

Adelaide has won the right to host next year’s EnergyAustralia Short Course Swimming Championships.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation Leon Bignell said the city would welcome more than 700 Australian athletes, coaches and support staff from November 22-26, 2014.

“Swimmers taking part in this event will be vying to be named Australian champion as well as for selection in the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships,” Mr Bignell said.

“We are delighted top swimmers from across the nation will be heading to Adelaide to once again compete at the South Australian Aquatic Centre at Marion.”

About 60 per cent of those taking part in the EnergyAustralia Short Course Swimming
Championships will travel from interstate, with up to 5000 people expected to enjoy the five day event.

Mr Bignell said the state was proud to host world-class sporting events in state-of-the-art facilities.

“The 2014 EnergyAustralia Short Course Swimming Championships will be the tenth major swimming event held at the South Australian Aquatic Centre since it opened in 2011,” Mr
Bignell said.

“This event is expected to inject more than $1 million into the South Australian economy and will give locals and visitors the chance to see our stars of the pool.”

This announcement comes ahead of the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships which begin tomorrow in Adelaide and will feature more than 500 of the nation’s top athletes.

Local stars Emily Seebohm and Matt Cowdrey are among swimmers taking part in the event, which will be held at the South Australian Aquatic Centre at Marion until 3 May.

“We are delighted to welcome this event back to South Australia for the second consecutive year,” Mr Bignell said.

“This is the perfect opportunity to watch Australia’s best battle it out, and I encourage all swimming fans to take in the action.”

Olympic medalists competing in the 2013 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships will include Cate Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger, James Magnussen, Christian Sprenger and Bronte Barratt.

Visit Swimming Australia’s website for more information.

Events secured to date at the South Australian Aquatic Centre:

2011
Australian Age Swimming Championships: 18-23 April Australian Short Course Swimming
Championships: 1-3 July 13th Australian Masters Games: 7-16 October

2012
EnergyAustralia Australian Swimming Championships: 15-22 March Australian University
Games: 23-28 September FINA World Junior Diving Championships: 9-13 October Rescue
2012 Lifesaving World Championships (the pool components of this event was held at the centre): 4-18 November

2013
Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships: 8-15 April
EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships: 26 April-3 May

2014
EnergyAustralia Australian Short Course Swimming Championships: 22-26 November

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