Dolphins selected for 2023 World Para Swimming Championships

The 2023 Australian Para Swimming World Championships Team, following selection

18 Commonwealth Games Australia alumni are bound for the World Para Swimming Championships in July, following a sensational four days of competition.

Following the completion of Australian Swimming Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, a 26-person team has been announced to represent Australia at the upcoming championships.

The Australian Dolphins squad will feature Birmingham 2022 medalists including Tim Hodge, Benjamin Hance, Jasmine Greenwood, and Katja Dedekind.

Four-time Games medallist Hodge will be looking to defend his World Title in the 200m IM SM9, after breaking his own world record twice in one day.

Making their Australian Dolphins debut is 19-year-old Poppy Wilson (Brisbane) and 21-year-old Alexa Leary (Sunshine Coast).

Alex Saffy, a 2022 Commonwealth Games Australia Emerging Athlete of the Month, has also been named to the squad that is set to compete in July.

Recently appointed Head Coaches of the Australian Dolphins Paralympic team, Kate Sparkes and Harley Connolly, are both excited for the depth of talent the team boasts for the World Championships.

Connolly said he’s very happy with the performances he’s seen from the squad at the Australian Championships.

“I’m really impressed with how the swimmers have shaped up and put their bodies on the line to get themselves on the Australian Team,” said Connolly.

With just under 500 days to go until the Paris Paralympics, Connolly said the team is tracking well.

“Really excited on how the team is swimming, especially the upcomers who are just behind the guys who have made the team this year.  It’s really exciting to see the young kids who are pushing the older ones up and it’s making everyone better.

“The team motto we have is ‘better people make a better team’ that’s really improving from everyone’s swimming,” he said.

With plenty of depth in the team Sparkes said there is a lot to be excited about and she said one to watch will be Tim Hodge.

“Tim Hodge is going to be the busiest swimmer at the meet competing in five individual events and potentially two relays… he’s definitely one to watch out for,” she said.

The 2023 World Para Swimming Championships will be held in Manchester, UK from 31 July to 6 August.

Name Club
Jesse Aungles Cruiz
Emily Beecroft USC Spartans
Ricky Betar Cruiz
Rowan Crothers Yeronga Park
Katja Dedekind Yeronga Park
Tom Gallagher Sommerset
Jasmine Greenwood Cruiz
Breden Hall USC Spartans
Ben Hance St Andrews
Tim Hodge ACU Blacktown
Jack Ireland UQ
Ella Jones* Kincumber
Jenna Jones USC Spartans
Ahmed Kelly Yarra Plenty
Alexa Leary St Hildas
Paige Leonhardt USC Spartans
Will Martin Chandler
Madeleine McTernan All Saints
Jake Michel Carina
Lakeisha Patterson USC Spartans
Col Pearse Nunawading
Alex Saffy Bunbury
Keira Stephens Southport
Ruby Storm St Andrews
Rachel Watson Chandler
Poppy Wilson Yeronga Park

*Subject to classification

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