Yesterday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, sixteen year old Australian swimmer Rowan Crothers set a world record on his way to winning gold in the men’s freestyle S9 race with a time of 54.58.
Crothers broke his own world record, which he had set at a swim meet in Brisbane in April. The new time was 0.37 seconds faster than his previous mark. He qualified for the Commonwealth Games as a result of having set that world record. He first represented Australia internationally at the 2011 Arafura Games as a thirteen year old, where he picked up a bronze medal in the men’s 400m mixed class freestyle race and set four Australian national age records. Last year, he compete at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada where he won a gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay and a bronze in the men’s 100m S9 freestyle race. In national competitions, he competes for and trains with Yeronga Park, where he is coached by Rick Van Der Zandt.
Matthew Cowdrey finished second in the men’s freestyle S9 race race with a time of 56.33, and Brenden Hall won the bronze in a time of 56.85. Australia also had a medalist in the other disability sport medal event on the day, the women’s sprint B2 time trial. Vision impaired cyclist Brandie O’Connor with pilot Breanna Hargrave won the a bronze medal. England’s Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott finished first, while Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn and pilot Louise Haston won the silver.