Updated: Jun 14
Peel Aquatic Club’s Elite swimmers are selected to compete at the 19th FINA World Swimming Championships and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games after success at the 2022 British and Australian Swimming Championships
Mandurah based Peel Aquatic Club’s ‘PAQ Elite’ member, Lewis Burras will head to Hungary this week after being selected to represent Great Britain at the 19th FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest from 18 June to 3 July.
This will be Burras’ first time competing at a World Championship swimming event having qualified at the 2022 British Swimming Championships in April where he battled for a place on the British team alongside World renowned British swimmers such as Tom Dean, Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott.
Burras smashed out a super fast 100 freestyle time of 47.88 seconds, only 0.01 seconds off the British record and only 0.09 seconds behind America’s Caeleb Dressel who swam the World’s fastest 100 freestyle this year in a time of 47.79 seconds at the U.S. Swimming trials in North Carolina.
Peel Aquatic Club’s President, Adam Woodage said, “We are very privileged to have such a fantastic role model for our swimmers. Since moving to Western Australia Lewis has been mentoring and coaching our younger squads and inspiring them on their swimming journey.”
Burras will also compete at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games at the end of July alongside homegrown Peel Aquatic Club performance swimmer, Ollie Brehaut, who has been selected to swim for Team Jersey, his island birth place, at the event following the 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships.
“It will be great to have a fellow Clubby with me at the Commonwealth Games”, said Burras.
“This will be a first for both of us and we’re excited to be able to race alongside some of the top swimmers in the World and Commonwealth.”
The Club has had great success this year with the team taking out the A Grade title at the 2022 Country Pennants in Carnarvon for another consecutive year. In addition, 16 swimmers qualified for Australian Nationals racing at the 2022 Australian Age & Multi-Class Swimming Championships and the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide in April and May.
The Club had some fantastic results with the majority of their national team swimming personal best times, multiple swimmers making finals and breaststroker Finlay Larmour taking out the Mens 18 Years Australian title in 50m Breaststroke in a time of 28.25 seconds, setting a South Australian and Western Australian All Time State Record for the event.
15 year old PAQ Performance swimmer Sean Alcorn also brought home 2 National medals after being selected to represent Western Australia in the new and exciting Championship State relay events.
“Peel Aquatic Club achieved a personal best rate of 83% based on long course times which is a fantastic achievement and a credit to our volunteer coach, Matt Brehaut, who held the reins until my arrival”, said Head Coach, Zoe Baker.
In addition, the Club has this week received news that Calia Vlastuin, Sean Alcorn, Finlay Hayes and Cody Zambon have been selected for the to the 13-19 year old WA School Sports State Swim Team.
“These are exciting times for Peel Aquatic Club and our new performance section, and inspiring for our younger swimmers" said Baker.
Peel Aquatic Club wish Lewis Burras the very best at the 19th FINA World Swimming Championships next week and at 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games where Ollie Brehaut will join Burras next month.
Don’t miss the action! Watch the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest live and free over 8 days from June 18-25 on Channel 9 - 9Gem and 9Now, and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Channel 7 - 7Plus from July 28 - August 3, 2022.
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