Jack Ireland dreams of the day he represents Australia at the Paralympic Games, and after making his international debut last September, that dream has never felt so close from becoming a reality.
It would be high time, too – at just 20, Jack has been swimming competitively for over a decade, first in his home town of Newcastle, NSW, before relocating at 13 to train under the University of Queensland’s David Heyden.
Together, the duo have honed Jack’s craft, and after a bronze medal in the men’s 200m freestyle at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships, as well as top 10 placings in five events across four disciplines, Jack finally received the call.
The call that had seen 303 Australians before him go on to compete on the world stage.
That stage would be the 2019 World Para-swimming Championships in London, England, where Jack joined Australian teammates Liam Schluter and Ricky …Read More