Stars and fresh faces in Dolphins Squad ready for a big splash in Birmingham


An exciting squad of 46 able-bodied Australian Dolphins have been selected to take on the best swimmers from across the Commonwealth in Birmingham.


A Dolphins squad comprising superstars and exciting newcomers has been selected to represent Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

46 able-bodied swimmers join the previously named 27 Para-swimmers to form the 73-member Australian swimming team for Birmingham.

Champions Ariarne Titmus OAM, Emma McKeon AM, Kyle Chalmers OAM, Zac Stubblety-Cook OAM, Kaylee McKeown OAM and Brendon Smith spearhead an outstanding team chosen to further enhance Australia’s golden legacy in the pool.

Bringing some (pop) star power to the Dolphins’ squad will be debutant, Cody Simpson. The 25-year-old returned to swimming 18 months ago, after taking a decade away from the sport to focus on his music career.

Emerging stars who have won selection include Mollie O’Callaghan OAM, 18, Flynn Southam, 16, Jenna Forrester, 18, Isaac Cooper, 18 and Lani Pallister, 19.

O’Callaghan dominated at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide this week, winning six medals, including two golds.

The youngest member of the Dolphins squad for the Birmingham Games is schoolboy Flynn Southam, who produced an outstanding swim in the 100m freestyle in Adelaide.

Distance swimmer Lani Pallister, a former world junior champion in the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle, is following in the footsteps of her mother, Janelle Elford. Elford was a triple medallist at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

Ariarne Titmus cemented her name on the list, swimming a world record in the 400m freestyle in Adelaide this week. The winner of three gold medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Titmus is looking for another neckful of medals after a triumphant Tokyo Olympics.

“I’ve just loved swimming the past six months. I’ve been going to training and enjoying the sport – which is so underestimated,” Titmus said following her world record breaking swim.

“I am very excited (to be going to the Games) and I think we’ve got a great team going in. It’s insane the depth we have,” she said.

By virtue of their success in Tokyo, winning individual medals, Titmus, McKeon, McKeown, Chalmers, Stubblety-Cook and Brendon Smith were granted automatic selection for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The others in the green-and-gold Dolphins squad were selected on their performances at the Australian Swimming Championships.

Gold Coast-based Emma McKeon has a phenomenal Commonwealth Games record, having claimed eight gold medals in two appearances at Glasgow (2014) and the Gold Coast (2018).

Kaylee McKeown, who is also based on the Gold Coast, debuted at the 2018 Commonwealth Games finishing fourth in the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke events. She returns for her second Commonwealth Games, as a three-time Olympic gold medallist after an astonishing performance at the Tokyo Olympics. She’ll take to the blocks in Birmingham alongside her sister, Taylor, who won gold in Glasgow in 2014 but missed the Gold Coast and Tokyo due to injury.

Zac Stubblety-Cook, 23, from Brisbane, set a new world record in the 200m breaststroke during the Australian Swimming Championships, his gold-medal event in Tokyo. Since making his Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast he has matured greatly and is aiming to enhance his reputation as the world’s best breaststroker in Birmingham.

“I was just trying to swim fast – I didn’t think that fast,” he said of his record swim in Adelaide.

“Last year we put everything in and we got the Olympic gold. This year there is a lot less pressure, so it is a different kettle of fish. I am just stoked.”



Mollie O’Callaghan, who will be making her Commonwealth Games debut, will arrive in Birmingham familiar with the sensation of representing her nation in a big international meet. She already has two Olympic gold medals to her name from Tokyo, as a member of Australia’s 4 x 100 freestyle and 4 x 100m medley relay teams.

This week she put the world on notice, swimming the fastest 100m freestyle of 2022 at the Australian Swimming Championships. That performance is also the fastest by a female teenager in history, impressing astute judges and leaving even O’Callaghan stunned at how rapidly she is improving.

“I sometimes doubt myself a little, so I am really surprised that it was such a big jump. Before I was kind of like the underdog, but this year … it is quite crazy,” she said.

Another notable selection is freestyle sprinter Shayna Jack, who was a relay gold medallist at Gold Coast 2018. She will swim two individual races, the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Rio de Janeiro gold medallist Mack Horton OAM, 26, will hit the pool again in both individual (200 and 400m freestyle) and relay events.

Commonwealth Games Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM herself a nine-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist in swimming, is rapt with the calibre of our Dolphins squad.

“This is an exceptional line-up of athletes, reflecting the high standard of swim talent we have in Australia right now,” Thomas said.

“The incredible results at the national championships will send a strong message to the Commonwealth that our Aussie athletes are the ones to watch. I know all team members will embrace our mantra of ‘Greater Together’ and strive to be bold, brave and brilliant in Birmingham.”

Her thoughts are echoed by Swimming Australian CEO Eugenie Buckley.

“Swimming is synonymous with the success of Australian teams at the Commonwealth Games and this team will undoubtedly add to that rich legacy in Birmingham,” Buckley said.

“The Commonwealth Games remains a special competition for our athletes, particularly the chance to compete with their Para-swimming teammates in our country’s colours. We are immensely proud to see all of our swimmers and coaches take the opportunity to represent their country with both hands.”


Australian Swimming Team – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

Please note: Events are subject to change up to the close of entries. Relay teams to be determined at a later date.

Minna Atherton 200m Backstroke 22 2nd Games (2018 - 6th: 50m Backstroke) Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Holly Barratt 50m Butterfly 34 2nd Games (2018 – Silver: 50m Butterfly; 4th: 50m Backstroke) Kelmscott WA 6111
Abbey Connor 200m Butterfly 17 Debut Revesby NSW 2212
Elizabeth Dekkers 200m Butterfly 18 Debut Newmarket QLD 4051
Jenna Forrester 400m Individual Medley 18 Debut Nundah QLD 4012
Shayna Jack 50m, 100m Freestyle 23 2nd Games (2018 – Gold: 4x100m Freestyle; 4th: 100m Freestyle; 4th: 50m Freestyle) Mount Gravatt East QLD 4122
Bronte Job 50m Backstroke 19 Debut Coorparoo QLD 4151
Abbey Harkin 100m, 200m Breaststroke 24 Debut Sherwood QLD 4075
Meg Harris OAM 100m Freestyle 20 Debut Warradale SA 5046
Chelsea Hodges OAM 50m, 100m Breaststroke 20 Debut Benowa QLD 4217
Emma McKeon AM 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle 100m Butterfly 27 3rd Games (2014 – Gold: 200m Freestyle; 4x100m, 2x200m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley; Bronze: 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke. 2018 – Gold: 100m Butterfly, 4x100m Medley, 4x100m, 4x200m Freestyle. Bronze: 200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly) Robina QLD 4226
Kaylee McKeown OAM 100m, 200m Backstroke, 200m, 400m Individual Medley 20 2nd Games (2018 – 4th: 100m Backstroke; 4th: 200m Backstroke; 4th Heats: 400m Individual Medley) Dicky Beach QLD 4551
Taylor McKeown 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke 27 3rd (2014 - Gold: 200m Breaststroke; 2018 - 5th: 200m Breaststroke, 5th Heats: 200m Individual Medley)2nd Games (2014 - Gold: 200m Breaststroke) Dicky Beach QLD 4551
Kiah Melverton 800m Freestyle 25 2nd (2018 – Bronze: 800m Freestyle) Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Mollie O’Callaghan OAM 100m, 200m Freestyle, 50, 100m, 200m Backstroke 18 Debut Augustine Heights QLD 4300
Lani Pallister 400m, 800m Freestyle 19 Debut Main Beach QLD 4217
Alexandria Perkins 100m Butterfly 21 Debut Caloundra West QLD 4551
Ella Ramsay 200m Individual Medley 17 Debut Brassall QLD 4305
Jenna Strauch 100m, 200m Breaststroke 25 Debut Burleigh Waters QLD 4220
Ariarne Titmus OAM 200m, 400, 800m Freestyle 21 2nd (2018 - Gold: 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle; Silver: 200m Freestyle) Milton QLD 4064
Brianna Throssell OAM 100m, 200m Breaststroke 26 2nd (2018 - Gold: 4x100m Medley, 4x200m Freestyle; Bronze: 100m Butterfly; 5th 200m Butterfly) Mooloolaba QLD 4557
Madison Wilson OAM 200m Freestyle 27 2nd (2014 – 6th: 200m Backstroke, 7th: 100m Backstroke, 8th: 50m Backstroke) Glenelg North SA 5045
Ben Armbruster 50m Backstroke 20 Debut Severnlea QLD 4380
Grayson Bell 50m Freestyle 25 Debut Benowa QLD 4217
Kyle Chalmers OAM 100m Freestyle, 50m, 100m Butterfly 23 2nd (2018 – Gold: 200m Freestyle, 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley, 4x200m Freestyle; Silver: 100m Freestyle) Glenelg North SA 5045
Isaac Cooper 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 50m, 100m Backstroke 18 Debut Tennyson QLD 4105
Joshua Edwards-Smith 200m Backstroke 19 Debut Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Bowen Gough 200m Butterfly 24 Debut Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Mack Horton OAM 400m Freestyle 26 3rd (2014 – Gold: 4x200m Freestyle; Silver 1500m Freestyle; 4th: 400m Freestyle. 2018 – Gold: 400m Freestyle; 4x200m Freestyle, Silver: 200m Freestyle, Bronze: 1500m Freestyle) Southport QLD 4215
Zac Incerti 100m, 200m Freestyle 25 2nd (Gold – 4x100m Freestyle; Bronze: 50m Backstroke) Glenelg North SA 5045
Mitchell Larkin 200m Backstroke 28 3rd (2014 – Gold: 200m Backstroke; Silver: 50m, 100m Backstroke; 4x100m Medley. 2018 – Gold: 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke; 200m Individual Medley; 4x100m Medley) St Lucia QLD 4067
Se-Bom Lee 200m, 400m Individual Medley 20 Debut Concord NSW 2137
Thomas Nowakowski 50m Freestyle 21 Debut Tallai QLD 4213
Kieren Pollard 400m Individual Medley 23 Debut Connolly WA 6027
Samuel Short 400m, 1500m Freestyle 17 Debut Bunya QLD 4055
Cody Simpson 100m Butterfly 25 Debut Miami QLD 4220
Brendon Smith 200m, 400m Individual Medley 21 Debut Donvale VIC 3111
Flynn Southam 100m, 200m Freestyle 16 Debut Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Zac Stubblety-Cook OAM 100m, 200m Breaststroke 23 2nd (2018 – 5th Heat: 200m Backstroke) Nathan QLD 4111
Matthew Temple 100m Butterfly 22 Debut Warradale SA 5046
Matthew Wilson 200m Breaststroke 23 2nd (2018 – Gold: 4x100m Medley; Bronze: 200m Breaststroke; 7th: 100m Breaststroke) Faulconbridge NSW 2776
Elijah Winnington 200m, 400m Freestyle 22 2nd (2018 – Gold: 4x200m Freestyle) Chelmer NSW 4068
Samuel Williamson 50m Breaststroke 24 Debut Sandringham VIC 3191
Bradley Woodward 200m Backstroke 23 2nd (2018 - Gold: 4x100m Medley, Silver: 100m, 200m Backstroke) Shelly Beach NSW 2261
William Yang 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly 23 Debut East Lindfield NSW 2070
Josh Yong 100m Breaststroke 20 Debut Sippy Downs QLD 4556

The full Australia swimming team for Birmingham is now complete, following the selection of 27 Para-swimmers earlier this month led by decorated champion Ellie Cole OAM, and defending Commonwealth Games champions Lakeisha Patterson OAM and Matt Levy OAM.


The first Australian Swimming Team Members have been selected as they prepare to take on the Commonwealth’s best swimmers in Birmingham.

The Commonwealth’s finest swimmers are set to showcase their dynamic strength, speed, and

technique as they make a splash at Birmingham 2022 where 54 swimming gold medals will be on offer.

Australia has won 732 total medals in swimming at the Commonwealth Games, including 306 gold medals, with Para-swimming events debuting at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Ben Austin OAM won Australia’s first Para-swimming gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.


Commonwealth Games swimming medals summary by nation:

Australia 306 225 201 732
England 103 135 140 378
Canada 103 122 124 349
South Africa 30 33 29 92
Scotland 21 31 34 86

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August with the Swimming competition taking place from Friday 29 July to Wednesday 3 August at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.



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