Perth’s HBF stadium lands two marquee national swimming events

Tamsin Cook in action. Photo: Getty
Tamsin Cook in action. Photo: Getty

PERTH swimmers will take to the pool in April 2020 at HBF Stadium as part of the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships and the Hancock Prospecting Australian Club Championships.

The national events are for swimmers aged between 13 and 21.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Tamsin Cook said she was excited the competitions were coming to her home town.

“I have competed in both these tournaments before,” she said.

“I competed in the Georgina Hope Championships for four years before competing in the Hancock Prospecting.

“It is so exciting to have these competitions in Perth.

“More WA swimmers will be able to compete, those swimmers who maybe couldn’t have afforded to fly to the east coast for competitions have a chance.

“It will bring such a boost to WA swimming as well as tourists.”

Cook is in training for qualifying meets at the end of February for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Queensland.

“The top two from each event will be selected,” she said.

“Although I have been on the team before, every year it is so competitive.

“I hope to qualify for the 4×200m freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle.

“Australian swimming is competitive so I really hope to get a spot.”

Swimming WA chief executive Darren Beazley said he was thrilled at the announcement.

“It is a coup for Western Australian to secure these two marquee national event,” he said.

“Both championships are expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to Perth and contribute over $7 million to the economy.”

Tourism minister Paul Papalia will look forward to welcoming interstate competitors and their families to the state.

“Mass participation events such as these will showcase Perth’s significant transformation to instate visitors,” he said.

Sports and recreation minister Mick Murray seconded the tourism minister’s comments.

“With the Tokyo summer Olympic games set to start only a few months after these events, the timing could not be better,” he said.