Melbourne to host nation’s best swimmers for World Trials

By Our Reporter
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Melbourne will host the premier event for Australian swimming, the 2023 World Trials, at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in June.

Between June 13 and 18, the World Trials will see more than 600 athletes from around the country competing in 34 events across 12 sessions of racing as they vie for a position on the Australian national swimming team—the Dolphins.

Minister Tourism, Sport, and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos joined Swimming Australia on Saturday to announce this win for Victoria’s packed calendar of major events.

Fans will have the chance to see some of their favourite swimmers including Ariarne Titmus, Kyle Chalmers, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Kaylee McKeown, Mollie O’Callaghan, Cody Simpson and Lani Pallister.

It’s also an opportunity for Victorians to cheer on some of their local heroes like Sam Williamson, winner of one gold, two silver and a bronze medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

The selected team will go on to compete at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan in July—one of the final international racing opportunities for the Australian Dolphins ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, an official press release said.

The World Trials follows the highly successful 16th FINA World Swimming Championship (25m) at MSAC in December, which attracted more than 20,000 fans, saw 14 new world records, and put Melbourne on the global stage through international broadcasts.

Support for this event provides another opportunity to showcase MSAC as a premier sporting facility, share Melbourne’s story via a national broadcast, and bolsters the state’s preparations for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The trials are the largest domestic swimming event in Australia with this year’s event joining a blockbuster calendar of sporting events in Melbourne including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, F1 Australian Grand Prix and Bledisloe Cup.

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