Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm Share Aussie Swimmer of Year: 3 Gold Apiece

The Australia 4x100m free quartet, of (l-r) Emma McKeon, Emily Seebohm, Cate and Bronte Campbell - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm have been voted joint Australian Swimmer of the Year. Both claimed a brace of solo world titles in Kazan last month, Campbell in the 50 and 100m freestyle and Seebohm in the 100 and 200m backstroke. And both raced to gold in the 4x100m free and bronze in the 4x100m medley

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Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm have been voted joint Australian Swimmer of the Year. Both claimed a brace of solo world titles in Kazan last month, Campbell in the 50 and 100m freestyle and Seebohm in the 100 and 200m backstroke. And both raced to gold in the 4x100m free and bronze in the 4x100m medley

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Personal Best

Craig, Australia didn’t win gold in the 4×100 medley, unfortunately for the girls. Would have been nice, but bronze it was.

Craig Lord

indeed not PB – thanks for the spot of a rushed blind spot 🙂 Returning to the article prompted me to consider the comments of Miss Jonkers – a comment has been added.

aswimfan

The dog next door swims faster than I do, unfortunately 🙁

Craig Lord

You’ve got no chance against Emily and Bronte then, aswimfan 🙂

for33

Im curious about the “Services to the Australian Swim Team presented by Speedo: Andrew Lauterstein, Eamon Sullivan, Hayden Stoeckel, Matt Cowdrey, Leith Brodie, Matt Targett” honor. Did these swimmers win the honor because services carried out this year, or is it an honor for services performed over the years, when the swimmers were active?

Craig Lord

When they were active, for33

Eddie Livingston

I hope Ms Jonkers was not suggesting Elliott be named Swimmer of the Year? Embarrassing enough that she was awarded Para Swimmer of the year over Cole & Hall in my honest opinion.

Swimmers who do not train should not be World Record holders. Swimmers who have only been training for a short period should not hold podium rankings. Swimmers who defraud their sport and their country should be banned. It’s not rocket science.

We witnessed IM for sure at Glasgow2015. There is no such thing as an accidental slip of integrity. The IPC needed to act and they did not. SAL needed to act and they did not. The APC needed to act and they did not. Time to step down Mr Gonzalez.

That para swimming is not taken as seriously is due to participation levels and that the overall number of classes is too high. That para swimming is a laughing stock is the fault of those swimmers, managers and coaches who cheat the system and the IPC , NPC, NSO executives who turn a blind eye. The real challenge for swimmers at multi class competition is competing against those who defraud the system. There are no winners.

Elliott’s funding from the ASC for the next six months is $17500. On top of that she has significant GHFSSS funding and performance payments – not bad for someone who by their own admission is now only training 4 sessions a week because she ‘is not a morning person’ end quote.

With the current ‘state’ of para swimming in Australia in particular, Ms Jonkers should have to wait a very long time for a disabled athlete to be named Australian Swimmer of the Year, and I am a fan of para swimming – or rather trying hard to stay one.

The more this classification rat nest is aired the better. Put down your rose tinted glasses Ms Jonkers, disabled swimmers are not there to excite and inspire the world, they are there to train hard exactly the same as their able bodied peers and surprisingly similarly, they may or may not be successful. I apologise profusely to those who do train properly and who most likely miss out on opportunities due to the fraudulent behaviour of others.

Speak up in therefor in any shape or form that you can and demand change, it’s your sport after all.

Cheryl Claxton

Hi Craig a friend alerted me to this ‘old post’. Whist I agree with most of what you have said I think you are guilty of tarring every para swimmer with the same brush understandable given Ms Jonkers stance and the deplorable actions of some swimmers this season (IM) but not entirely called for.

Of course swimmers with an impairment are going to be slower than their able bodied peers. I don’t know any para swimmer who would be offended by this comparison because it is a true and fair comparison. This is why classification exists, similar in a way with for example judo, boxing, horse racing etc – all sports capable of an elite standing.

The tradition of excellence is not only reserved for able bodied swimmers. Many para swimmers train exceptionally hard in able bodied programs and speciality para squads. There are also many issues prevalent in able bodied swimming that are less prevalent in para swimming namely doping and unsportsmanlike behaviours. Both equally important in the overall scheme of things. True that pretending to be more disabled than you actually are is about as unsportsmanlike as you can get and solely relevant only to para sports.

Craig, don’t label all para swimmers the same. The biggest problem para swimming has is its classification processes and procedures. It is a problematic puddle of garbage water that continues to fester. At least the IPC had the guts to deal with the Sydney 2000 scandal. No such luck with 2015 IPC World Championships most likely because Sir Philip Craven will uncover an enormous problem that has been systematically dressed over by those responsible within the IPCs & NPCs for classification for years.

Please do however continue to post the odd para swimming article or comment positive or otherwise as it all helps para swimmers at the end of the day. Ms Jonkers also needs to educate herself with the IPC movement as it is today and not as it were in her day. Perhaps invite her to respond to your comment?

Craig Lord

I understand what you mean but no intention of labelling all para swimmers with the same brush, Cheryl. I do think, however, that para swimming is gaining a reputation for being unfair – and that will affect all – so, up to all to fight to put it right. The invitation to comment on this site is an open one (barring to those who abuse the privilege and stray beyond netiquette and law) so her comment on an important issue would be welcome…

Cheryl

Ok thanks Craig. I wouldn’t know where to find her but I would be interested in her thoughts. 2015 was the worst year for Para Swimming and many innocent hardworking athletes have been affected by the actions of a few. The IPCs inaction is incredulousl. No ones ‘job’ should be worth more than the integrity of the sport of which they are custodians. Where did Jonkers original opinion appear Do you mind me asking?

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