The 4th World Deaf Swimming Championships that was held in Texas recently saw 11 individual World Records fall over the 6 days of competition (17-22 August) with Russia winning the meet overall. The open age championships provided a young Australian team (Hannah Britton (VIC), Alex Kirchner (VIC), Sam Greatorex (VIC), Craig Morgan (NSW), Teneale Houghton (NSW), Ben Robins (VIC) and Jade Wellstead (WA) with invaluable international experience in preparation for the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey.
In addition to the experience gained, it was a successful meet with a majority of personal best swims resulting in finals swims and new Australian Deaf Records (Full Results: http://www.wdsc2015.us/results.html).
New Australian Deaf Records:
Alex Kirchner (VIC): 50bk, 100 bk (13/u years records)
Sam Greatorex (VIC): 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 bk, 200 bk and 200 IM (16 years records) and 100 bk, 200 bk and 200 IM (Open records).
Craig Morgan (NSW): 50 fly (Open record)
Hannah Britton (VIC): 50 brst (Open record)
Teneale Houghton (NSW): 200 free (8th), 50 free (Semi – 11th)
Craig Morgan (NSW): 200 bk (7th), 100 fly (5th), 50 fly (8th), 100 bk (7th), 200 fly (7th)
Sam Greatorex (VIC): 200 bk (4th), 400 free (4th), 100 bk (6th), 200 IM (6th)
Relays: 4 x 200 Free (Men 6th), 4 x 100 free (Men DQ and Mixed 6th), 4 x 100 Medley (Men 6th and Mixed 6th)
After a fantastic week of competition, the Australian World Deaf Swimming Championships Team were awarded the 'Inspirational Team Award'. This award is no doubt a reflection of their enthusiasm, encouragement and sportsmanship during the competition. The team also acknowledges the help of team mascots Krikey and Skippy (and Joey), Team Managers Annabel Bishop and Brent Kirchner, and Coach Mel Klamt. Congratulations!
If you would like to see what the team got up to, including their races, check out the daily team videos (By Brent Kirchner and Bruce Robins) here: youtube.com/channel/UC6h0oQD9oP8SVM9U-arbvFg
Deaf Sports Australia warmly congratulates the AUS Swim Team on their hard work and dedication at the recent event. Well done all!
Alex Kirchner ready to take off from the block
Jade Wellstead checking her timing outcome
Ben Robins ready to jump start
Sam Greatorex after touching on the board to complete his swim
The AUS Swim Team along with their Mascot "Krikey".
Left to right: Alex Kirchner, Ben Robins, Sam Greatorex, Craig Morgan, Jade Wellstead & Hannah Britton
Back left to right: Brent Kirchner (Team Manager), Ben Robins, Sam Greatorex, Craig Morgan, Alex Kirchner, Annabel Bishop (Team Manageress)
Front left to right: Hannah Britton, Teneale Houghton, Jade Wellstead & Mel Klamt (Coach)
Report provided by Mel Klamt
Top 4 photo credits including main page: Koen Adriaenssen
Team photo credit: Mel Klamt