ACHIEVING a childhood dream, Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) swimmer Brianna Throssell has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 20-year-old swam a personal best of 2:06:58 earlier this month and secured her nomination (alongside national champion Madeline Groves) to become the third WA swimmer to qualify.
Throssell, a City of Perth swimmer, tweeted on April 11, “Last night I achieved my childhood dream of qualifying for the Rio Olympics”.
The announcement came ahead of today’s State Government’s Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme launch.
Athletes aged 13-21 are invited to apply for funding from a $2.75 million pool to reduce out-of-pocket costs for travel and accommodation to attend regional, state and national training and competitions.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the fund helped reduce the burden for athletes and their families to allow them to concentrate on sport.
“Distances that promising young Western Australian athletes sometimes have to travel to train and compete is often significantly larger than other states and can be a barrier to their development and progress.”