Three Western Australian swimmers are bound for Port Moresby after joining the Australian team for the upcoming Oceania Swimming Championships later this month.
UWA West Coast’s Kara Broadbridge and Joshua Edwards-Smith will swim with fellow WA young gun Lauren Gastevich after impressing in recent competition.
Joshua made his mark on the Australian Age Championships, winning gold in 100m backstroke, and adding an Australian age record in the 200m backstroke.
The 15-year-old also won silver in the under-16s boy’s 4x100m relay, a feat also matched by Kara in the girl’s 4x100m relay.
Kara continues to show her potential, proving herself a high class competitive swimmer in the Commonwealth Games trials earlier this year.
By competing in the Oceania Championships, the two UWA swimmers follow in the footsteps of such high calibre team mates as Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook, Zac Incerti, and Hadley Lindsay.
Joining the team is UWA West Coast’s experienced age coach Michael Shaw.
Shaw was recently named Swimming WA Age Group Coach of the Year, while Joshua won Age Group Swimmer of the Year at the same ceremony.
The 12th Oceania Swimming Championships will be held in Port Moresby from 25-30 June.
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