Yesterday, Swimming Australia named a seven member strong team for the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships scheduled to get underway on August 17 and run until August 22 in San Antonio, Texas. The team includes Craig Morgan, Sam Greatorex, Ben Robins, Alex Kirchner, Teneale Houghton, Jade Wellstead and Hannah Britton.
The men’s team is very young, with 15-year-old Greatorex from Nunawading, Victoria, Robins from Cherrybrook Carlile, New South Wales being only 14, and Nunawading, Victoria local Kirchner the youngest at 12 years old. The women’s team is a bit older with Liverpool’s Houghton being 23, Peel Aquatic, Western Australia local Wellstead being 21, and Ringwood, Victorian native Britton also being 21.
Deaf Sports Australia Manager Garry West-Bail was quoted in the announcement as saying, “We wish all the swimmers the very best for a successful meet a Championships that will be used as a development trip to progress and prepare for the 2017 Deaflympics.[…] It will be exciting to see Australia field relay teams for the first time since 2005 Deaflympics. This shows the improvement and depth of the squad over the last 10 years. Overseen by Annabel Bishop we hope to see continued progression and good results in Texas”.
Other members of the Australian delegation include Team Manager Annabel Bishop, Assistant Team Manager Brent Kirchner and coach Mel Klamt.
The competition will include for the first time a Mixed Team relay event, with two men and two women swimming legs of the relay.