Swimming Australia will grant no overall federation “Swimmer of the Year” in 2016 at the end of a season in which four of the nation’s five big shots at Olympic gold missed the podium altogether in Rio, where young guns Mack Horton and Kyle Chalmers stole the Dolphin show with solo victories over 400m and 100m freestyle respectively and Madeline Groves fell a fingernail shy of the ultimate prize in swimming over 200 butterfly. The move is being made in the name of “inclusive” practice at the pointy end of a business that is, by its very competitive nature, exclusive.
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