Commonwealth Youth Games success for Lane and Larke

17 August 2023
2023 Commonwealth Youth Games
Written by: Swimming Victoria

Congratulations to Tommy Lane and Harvey Larke who competed at the Commonwealth Youth Games at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad from 4-11 August. They were part of a team of 12 swimmers who were selected to represent Australia.

The team was led by Head Coach, Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer and was supported by Cheltenham Head Coach, Kelly Stubbins who described it as one of the most challenging, yet rewarding teams she has been a part of.

“All 12 of the swimmers Australia sent were so professional in the way they went about preparing for each of their events. From crazy police escorts to get us to the pool, a 'feels like' temperature of 38 degrees with no Aircon, lack of athlete friendly food, 34 degree warm up pool and power outages, you wouldn't know it in how these kids handled themselves and performed. The future of Australian swimming is in good hands with this next gen coming through,” said Stubbins.

The swimmers achieved some fantastic results, along with gaining valuable experience in competing against some of the best young athletes from around the world in a significant multi-sport competition.

Here’s how they went…

Tommy Lane (Cheltenham, coached by Kelly Stubbins)
Men’s 1500m Freestyle – 3rd (15:31.38)
Men’s 100m Butterfly – 26th (59.61)
Men’s 100m Freestyle – 26th (53.69)
Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay – 3rd (heat swim)
Mixed 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – 1st (heat swim)

Harvey Larke (Melbourne Vicentre, coached by Kenrick Monk)
Men’s 200m Freestyle – 3rd (1:51.64)
Men’s 200m IM – 14th (2:10.66)
Men’s 400m Freestyle – 8th (4:03.31)
Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay – 3rd
Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay – 3rd
Mixed 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – 1st

Congratulations also to Essendon District Aquatic’s Alan Uhi and his coach Chris Stathis who represented Tonga at the Games.

Alan Uhi (Essendon District Aquatic, coached by Chris Stathis)
Men’s 100m Backstroke – 15th (1:01.19)
Men’s 100m Butterfly – 31st (1:02.57)
Men’s 100m Freestyle – 19th (56.13)
Men’s 50m Backstroke – 12th (28.01)
Men’s 50m Butterfly – 21st (26.58)
Men’s 50m Freestyle – 22nd (24.52)
Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay – 17th

For full results click here.

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