Team pride was on the line when team West Aussie went up against Team Australasia. The event was a rare opportunity for young swimmers to compete at an international meet and provided an opportunity to display WA and the sport of swimming to a wider international audience.
Team West Aussie had the home turf advantage with Perth’s Challenge Stadium transformed into the battleground for more than 200 athletes from around Australia and across the Indian Ocean Rim.
This year’s international event marked its 13th anniversary and the Aussie team emerged triumphant after two hard days of battling in the pool, fending off strong competition from their rival team Asia.
The Peel team claimed the overall champions trophy for their age group against tough competition.
The youngest, Harry Collins (8), was triumphant in all of his events, winning six gold across the board. Alexander Leather (10) claimed seven gold and one silver, while Hannah Walmsley (15) amassed seven medals ” three gold, two silver and two bronze.
All three swimmers managed to achieve four personal bests.
Caitlin Leather (8) acquired a gold and two bronze medals with four personal bests. Sarah Rudler (10) won three golds, two silvers and a bronze.
Skye Trainer (12), Shenae McGhee (15) and Mitchell Hoare (17) all brought home a bronze medal.