Highlights from the World Deaf Swimming Championships

29 August 2023
James Logan, Imogen Nolan, Nicholas Layton, Dylan Logan
Written by: Swimming Victoria

Our Australian Seals Deaf Swim Team have returned home with some fantastic results and invaluable experience from their time at the 6th World Deaf Swimming Championships in Buenos Aires from 14-20 August.

Made up of 6 swimmers, the team included Victorians Nicholas Layton, Dylan Logan, James Logan and Imogen Nolan. It was the most successful team Australia has had since the 2005 Melbourne Deaflympics, with a total of 6 medals, 1 World Championship Record, 9 Australian Records and 17 personal best times.

Nicholas Layton was in fine form for his first international meet representing Australia. He was a top performer for the Seals, claiming 3 Silver medals and 3 Bronze. His standout performance was in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, breaking the World Deaf Championship Record in the heats with his time 24.86.

Also in her international debut, Imogen Nolan was impressive. She took home Silver in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke with her Australian Record time of 2:50.22. She just missed out on medals in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 400m IM, finishing in 4th place for those events. 

Competing in his second Dead World Championships, Dylan Logan had a busy program with 7 individual events and 3 relays. He came home with 2 Bronze medals in the relay events. Him and his brother James becoming the first Australian siblings to compete at the same international deaf swimming event and to receive medals in the same event (Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay).

16-Year-old James also competed in 7 individual events in his debut for Australia. His best performance was in the Men’s 200m Backstroke where he finished 12th in the world.

Congratulations to our swimmers, their coaches and families on their achievements. We wish them luck on their journey to the 25th Summer Deaflympics in Tokyo, Japan in November 2025.

Nicholas Layton (Western Melbourne Propulsion, coached by Kenrick Monk)
Men’s 50m Butterfly – 2nd (25.15)
Men’s 100m Freestyle – 2nd (53.16)
Men’s 50m Freestyle – 2nd (23.56)
Men’s 100m Butterfly – 4th (56.89)
Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay – 3rd
Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – 3rd
Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay – 4th

Dylan Logan (Geelong Swimming Club, coached by Mark Cooper)
Men’s 50m Backstroke – 5th (28.16)
Men’s 50m Butterfly – 7th (26.65)
Men’s 200m Breaststroke – 8th (2:41.35)
Men’s 50m Breaststroke – 10th (31.91)
Men’s 100m Freestyle – 10th (56.10)
Men’s 50m Freestyle – 11th (25.54)
Men’s 100m Breaststroke – 12th (1:12.47)
Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay – 3rd
Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – 3rd
Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay – 4th

James Logan (Geelong Swimming Club, coached by Mark Cooper)           
Men’s 200m Backstroke – 12th (2:50.24)
Men’s 100m Butterfly – 18th (1:13.18)
Men’s 50m Backstroke – 19th (35.73)
Men’s 400m Freestyle – 20th (5:06.57)
Men’s 200m Freestyle – 20th (2:22.66)
Men’s 100m Freestyle - 24th (1:04.78)
Men’s 50m Freestyle – 27th (29.56)
Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – 3rd (heat swim)

Imogen Nolan (Surrey Park, coached by Justin Bell)
Women’s 200m Breaststroke – 2nd (2:50.22)
Women’s 100m Breaststroke – 4th (1:17.67)
Women’s 400m IM – 4th (5:31.44)
Women’s 50m Breaststroke – 4th (35.50)
Women’s 200m Backstroke – 8th (2:44.51)
Women’s 200m IM – 10th (2:42.32)

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