Gold Coast swimmers keen to host Pan Pacs

A BUNCH of Gold Coast swimmers will get to show off their new home grounds when the Pan Pacific Championships are held in the newly redeveloped Southport Aquatic Centre in August.

Swimming Australia has named 30 athletes to compete at the 2014 event, with the final team to be announced after the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

30 swimmers recorded A qualifying times during the Australian Swimming Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre last week, gaining automatic selection for the event.


They include Gold Coast products; Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Jordan Harrison, Cameron McEvoy, Meagan Nay and Melanie Schlanger.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the Australian Swim Team will be looking forward to competing on Australian soil for the second time this year.

“It is a great opportunity for Australians to watch us take on the best in the world from the USA, Canada and Japan on the Gold Coast. Our swimmers are really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd and producing some world class performances,” Anderson said.

“The Pan Pacs are less than four weeks after the Commonwealth Games and what better way to get behind our team after Glasgow, than to get behind them in home waters – swimming at a new state of the art facility on the Gold Coast.”

Swimmers who nabbed a B qualifying time will now get the opportunity to join the Pan Pacs team if they are able to swim an A qualifying time at the Commonwealth Games.