Vics impress at World Para Champs

18 September 2019
Pearse: The moment you realise you've won your first world para champs medal
Written by: Swimming Victoria

After 7 days of exciting competition at the London Aquatic Centre, the World Para Swimming Championships wrapped up with Australia finishing 17th on the medal table with 2 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze.

Melbourne H20’s Col Pearse (coached by Matt King) was impressive in his debut for the Dolphins. In the Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 he claimed a silver medal and set an Oceania Record with his time 58.60. He also finished a commendable 6th place in the 200m IM and 100m Backstroke, swimming PBs in both events.

Fellow first timer Ruby Storm (Traralgon, coached by Dean Gooch) brought home a bronze medal as part of the Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle S14 relay team. She made the final in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S14, finishing in 5th place in a personal best time of 1:08.03.

It was a close finish for Ahmed Kelly (Melbourne Vicentre, coached by Yuriy Vdovychenko) in the Men’s 150M Individual Medley SM3. He went up against best mate and rival Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson, claiming silver with Patterson not far behind him. Kelly set a new Oceania record with his time, 3:01.17. He also made the final in the 50m Breaststroke, finishing in 6th place (55.06).

Jaime-Lee Getson (Melbourne Torpedoes) placed 6th in the final of the Women’s 100m Backstroke S14 clocking a time of 1:11.81. In the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke she placed 11th and 12th respectively.

Swimming Victoria congratulates Col, Ruby, Ahmed and Jaime-Lee on their performances at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. For full results click here.

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