Ahmed KellyAustralia will send its largest ever squad of Para-swimmers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with 12 Para-swimmers included on the 59-strong Australian Swimming Team.

Following strong performances at last week’s Australian Swimming Championships, which doubled as the Commonwealth Games Trials in Brisbane, the Para-squad is highlighted by Matthew Cowdrey who will compete at his third Commonwealth Games, Jacqueline Freney who will compete at her first Games and Maddison Elliott, who at 15, will be the youngest swimmer on the team.

The Australian Championships were also a selection trial for the upcoming Para Pan Pacs due to take place in California in August.

Swimming Australia announced a 29-strong team to take on Canada, Japan and the USA over five days of competition, with the meet an important part of the preparation and planning towards Rio in 2016.

Swimming Australia President John Bertrand said the Para Pan Pacs team will be looking to continue their outstanding run of success over the last couple of years.

“Our Paralympic swimmers were fantastic in London in 2012 and backed it up again in Montreal last year,” said Bertrand.

“Taking on the USA on their home soil will be tough, but what we’ve seen from these athletes this week suggests they are well on their way to continuing their good run of form on the international stage and preparing for Rio.”

Please see below for full squad lists for both events.

Para-squad – Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Joshua Alford, 18 (NSW)
Jesse Aungles, 18 (SA)
Blake Cochrane, 23 (QLD)
Matthew Cowdrey, 25 (SA)
Rowan Crothers, 16 (QLD)
Katherine Downie, 18 (WA)
Maddison Elliott, 15 (NSW)
Daniel Fox, 22, (QLD)
Jacqueline Freney, 21 (NSW)
Brenden Hall, 20 (QLD)
Mitchell Kilduff, 18 (NSW)
Madeleine Scott, 21 (WA)

Australian Swim Team – 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Anderson, 26 (QLD)
Jesse Aungles, 18 (SA)
Kayla Clarke, 22 (QLD)
Blake Cochrane, 23 (QLD)
Ashleigh Cockburn, 22 (NSW)
Taylor Corry, 19 (NSW)
Matthew Cowdrey, 25 (SA)
Rowan Crothers, 16 (QLD)
Timothy Disken, 17 (VIC)
Katherine Downie, 18 (WA)
Richard Eliason, 25 (NSW)
Madison Elliott, 15 (NSW)
Daniel Fox, 22 (QLD)
Jacqueline Freney, 21 (NSW)
Matthew Haanappel, 19 (SA)
Brenden Hall, 20 (QLD)
Guy Harrison-Murray*, 16 (WA)
Tanya Huebner, 35 (VIC)
Ahmed Kelly, 22 (VIC)
Mitchell Kilduff, 18 (NSW)
Matthew Levy, 27 (NSW)
Andrew Pasterfield, 24 (NSW)
Grant Patterson, 24 (QLD)
Lakeisha Patterson, 15 (QLD)
Rick Pendleton, 29 (QLD)
Sean Russo, 22 (NSW)
Madeleine Scott, 21 (WA)
Jacob Templeton, 18 (TAS)
Jeremy Tidy, 26 (VIC)
Reagan Wickens, 19 (NSW)

By Swimming Australia

Posted 07/04/2014