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Kiwis Take on the Queensland Champs

Event Preview of the 2023 Hancock Prospecting Queensland Championships


A team of 30 National Age Programme athletes have arrived in Brisbane ahead of the 2023 Hancock Prospecting Queensland Championships being held from Saturday 9 – Friday 15 December.


These athletes have qualified for the National Age Programme over the past 12 months, starting as early as December last year and then periodically at specific meets throughout the year.


The Queensland Championships are regarded as one of the most challenging age group swimming competitions in the world, with this competition providing the squad a solid racing opportunity. The swimmers will have to be on top of their game in the heats and manage the soaring Brisbane temperatures to progress through to finals where only two visitors can qualify. With Japan and Singapore both sending some of their top age group swimmers, the team will be up against some fierce competition over the course of the seven day meet.


The size of the National Age Programme team heading to this meet has doubled since last year with over 35 swimmers achieving the gold and silver standards across both the Olympic and Paralympic Pathway. This is the first year that Paralympic Pathway swimmers will travel with the team, and it also doubles as an opportunity to achieve important world rankings ahead of the 2024 Paralympics nomination period finishing at the end of January. This is a great opportunity for Aquablacks Gaby Smith (Vikings) and Lili-Fox Mason (Wharenui) as they aspire to qualify for Paris.


The National Age Programme team hosts a wealth of swimmers who already have international racing experience. Gaby Smith and Lili-Fox Mason will be able to help their teammates travelling overseas for the first time by drawing upon their multiple competitions abroad in 2023, including two Para Swimming World Cups and the Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester.


From the Olympic Pathway, there is also a wealth of international junior experience with six out of the seven swimmers from the 2023 World Juniors team who competed in Israel earlier in the year joining up with 2023 Youth Commonwealth Games team members.


Coaches from both teams are again working with these athletes to bring out the best results and experience for the week. Coast Swim Club’s John Gatfield leads the team and is supported by Todd Mason (Vikings), Emma Mortiboy (Ice Breaker Aquatics) and Mariano Nani (Aquabladz New Plymouth). Emma Smith (Aquagym) has been provided the development opportunity to support in a Paralympic Coach Development role.


The team will be led by Simon Mayne (Paralympic Programme Lead) and supported by Team Managers Hannah Cartman and Amber Piggott.


Simon Mayne is looking forward to seeing the team race in Queensland.

"I'm optmistic it's going to be a good week of racing with a great opportunity for our swimmers to match up against some of the best age groupers in the world as part of their development."

You can find all of the information for the 2023 Hancock Prospecting Queensland Championships including psych sheets, results, tickets and livestream below.




National Age Programme Team

Swimmer

Club

Eva Allan

Club 37

Leo Arrowsmith

United

Elwin Bao

North Shore

Brooke Bennett

Vikings

Amelia Bray

TBSS Central City

Max Cave

Aquabladz New Plymouth

Isabella Gibson

Club 37

Hamish Giddens

Jasi

Jasper Cornish

Coast

Milan Glintmeyer

Kiwi West Aquatics/Coast

Larn Hamblyn-Ough

Coast

Orlando Hardie

Hamilton Aquatics

Finn Harland

Capital/Coast

James Haydon

Club 37

Jacob Humphries

North Shore

Harrison James

Vikings

Jacob Story

Mt Eden

Harrison Klouwens

TBSS Central City

Nemanya Markovich

Roskill

Lili-Fox Mason

Wharenui

Anahira McCutcheon

TBSS Central City

Charlotte Murphy

Aquagym

Zoe Pedersen

Coast

Liv Peebles

TBSS Central City

Jack Potier

Coast

Gaby Smith

Vikings

Asher Smith-Franklin

North Shore

Brendan Visser

Coast

Mason Wang

United

Monique Wieruszowski

North Shore


Staff

Club

John Gatfield

Coast

Todd Mason

Vikings

Emma Mortiboy

Ice Breaker Aquatics

Mariano Nani Garcia

Aquabladz New Plymouth

Emma Smith

Aquagym

Simon Mayne

Swimming NZ

Hannah Cartman

Swimming NZ

Amber Piggott

Swimming NZ


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