Kyle Chalmers withdraws from World Championships to focus on health

Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has announced he will be pulling out of the 2017 World Championships team to focus on his medical issues.

The break will enable Chalmers and his medical team to further explore his heart condition, known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), without having to worry about being in peak form and ready to compete for Australia in July.

Coach Peter Bishop says the decision wasn’t made lightly.


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“We decided it was in Kyle’s best long term interest to get the surgery done sooner rather than later. This will enable Kyle a good recovery period, before preparing for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018,” Bishop said.

They also consulted with Swimming Australia Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren, who said the health and well-being of all of the athletes was of paramount importance.

“We are at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, and for some of our athletes we need to look at longevity to allow them to stay at the highest level for longer. For some that may mean having more of a focus on study, a different season planning with other competitions, or the chance to follow up a niggling injury or medical issue and then comeback refreshed and revitalised when it is right for them,” Verhaeren said.

“Kyle has our full support and we know he will use this time away from competition positively and to his advantage to return for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018 and beyond.”

Chalmers will have the surgery in the coming weeks, while decisions regarding his replacement in the individual 100m freestyle event in Budapest will take place internally and be announced shortly.