Dive into five days of festival fun at the Australian Swimming Championships
Us Aussies as a general population are pretty into our sports, both watching and participating. It makes sense seeing as we boast some of the best athletes in the world, and one of the places where we dominate hardest is in the pool. From April 9–13, we will have the chance to take our support from the couch to the lanes when the Australian Swimming Championships head to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. It’s not just about the laps, either – this year the event is taking on a festival-style atmosphere with the opening of a brand-new Centre Lane entertainment precinct.
Our Rio Olympic and Paralympic heroes have been working hard in preparation for the Australian Swimming Championships, where they will not only be fighting for top times but also for coveted spots on the World Championship teams. We’re talking the who’s who of water sports, here – the likes of Mack Horton, Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon will all be duking it out to nab a spot on the World Champs team headed to Budapest. Internationally known swimmers and next generation stars will compete in five days of fast-paced heats, culminating in finals swims to decide who will be representing us overseas later in the year.
Watching our brightest aquatic stars push it to the limit can work up a serious appetite, not to mention that the suspense levels are through the roof. This year, organisers have teed up a whole new precinct within the Aquatic Centre where spectators can go to chill out and unwind. Centre Lane will be packed with live music, face painting and activities for kids and grown-ups alike. Some of Brisbane’s favourite food trucks will also be making an appearance to feed the masses – take in tasty bites from How We Rolls, Rolling Stone Pizza, Frozen Sunshine, Mr. Barista and Boost Juice, plus a dedicated COON Cheese toastie pop-up. With all that fine fare on offer, we can be glad that it’s not us racing (because we would sink to the bottom of the pool).
If you’re keen to dive into the action, you can grab tickets to the Australian Swimming Championships through Ticketek.