Australia’s tropical far north will host members of the 2019 World Para-swimming Championships team this week, as Swimming Australia holds a warm weather camp in Cairns, QLD.

The camp will be held from 21-27 July, seven weeks out from the start of competition on 9 September.

Head Coach Brendan Burkett said he was looking forward to assembling the team and thanked the Cairns Regional Council for its support.

“As a team, we’re very fortunate to head up to the far north and train at the Tobruk Memorial Pool,” Burkett said. “It’s a terrific venue and wonderful location.

“The council and community have been extremely accommodating in helping us plan this camp and we appreciate their assistance – I’m sure the athletes will love exploring what Cairns has to offer in between training and team preparations.”

For Burkett, the camp is an opportunity for the team to refine their race plans and bond as a group.

He added: “This doesn’t just include athletes, but it also extends to our coaching group and support staff who will all travel to the UK with the team to perform critical roles – we all want to be operating to the best of our ability.”

The athletes arrived in Cairns yesterday (21 July) and were met with a packed schedule, with daily training, activations, gym and leadership sessions planned for the week.

“Our Dolphins will train a couple of times per day, and it’s imperative we maximise this opportunity leading into such an important competition. We want to make sure everyone is in peak condition,” Burkett said.

Following the camp, athletes will return to their home programs to put the finishing touches on their preparations, before making their way to Manchester, England, for a week-long staging camp on 30 August.

The World Para-swimming Championships will be held in London, England, from 9-15 September.

By Swimming Australia
Posted: 22/07/2019