Since the first Commonwealth Games in 1930, Australians have led the way in sporting endeavour, aspiration and achievement amongst the Commonwealth nations.
In the pool we have won a remarkable 599 medals, including 256 gold. At the 20th Games in Glasgow later this month, 59 young Australians, 15 who are new members of the Australian Swim Team, and 44 who will be going to their first Games, will represent our proud sporting nation.
Glasgow is an important next step both in and out of the water. A vital step on our journey to being the best in the world. And a crucial step towards Rio, now just two years away.
The team led by Michael Scott and Jacco Verhaeren have made great progress over the last 12 months. We’re all waiting to see just how that progress translates into performance over the six days of swimming action in Scotland.
Jacco talks about ‘process’ and ensuring everything is geared towards performing on the day. He talks about making medals, not winning them, and since the Trials in April, our athletes have had the chance to sharpen that process at three Grand Prix meets as well as an array of training camps both in Australia and overseas.
To the Australian Commonwealth Games Association PresidentSam Coffa, CEO Perry Crosswhite and the entire organisation, thank you for your continued commitment and support to helping our swimmers achieve their goals.
The Commonwealth Games is a crucial part of the sporting fabric of this nation, and leading into Gold Coast 2018 we all know just how important it is to represent Australia well in Glasgow.
We also know that Australians will get behind our swim team and the wider Australian team during the Games, just like we’ve seen for the Socceroos over recent weeks. The added profile the Commonwealth Games will bring to our sport is an important part of the momentum we are building in and out of the pool.
We know there will be sports fans watching on Ten in the early hours of the morning, and we also know that those closest to the team – family and friends – will be there in person cheering them on from the stands. All are key contributors to what we are aiming to achieve. And all are part of the journey.
We also know support for our team is growing and the momentum we see build over the coming weeks in Scotland will flow into the Para Pan Pacs in California in August and then the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.
To all the athletes, coaches and support staff representing Australia in Glasgow, enjoy the process and wear the Green & Gold with pride. We are with you.