Champion swimmer Jade Lucy has just been named women’s captain of the Australian team that will compete at the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games.
“I am very happy and thrilled to be named captain,” said Jade. “It is a real honour and I always wanted to be a leader for our team.
“Men’s captain Archie Graham sent me a note congratulating me, which was very nice, so we can lead Australia together.”
Jade is one of Australia’s most successful swimmers in the S14 category, blitzing the field at the 2017 INAS Swimming Championships with five gold, one silver and one bronze medal, and achieving a credible 13th placing in the women’s 200m freestyle S14 at her World Para-swimming Championships debut in September.
“The winner was Valeriia Shabalina from Russia, and I think she might be coming to the Global Games, so I will have another chance to race her and hopefully push her hard,” said Lucy, who will contest four freestyle events at the Games.
But it is swimming in front of a home crowd with her mother and a tribe of cousins that really motivates Lucy.
“Mum has seen me swim, but it will be great to see all my cousins cheering me on in the Chandler pool in Brisbane,” she said. “My cousin Jackson has watched me on TV but he will be cheering loudly for me from the crowd.”
The 2019 INAS Global Games will be held from 12-19 October, with over 1,000 athletes from 48 countries contesting 10 sports over eight days of competition.
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By the 2019 INAS Global Games
Photo with thanks to Delly Carr / Swimming Australia