Swim stars to train in Cairns

Published: 12 Apr 2018

Mayor Bob Manning has welcomed news from Swimming Australia that Tobruk Memorial Pool would become a regular training venue for Australia's top swimmers.

In a major coup, Cairns will host up to six Australian Dolphins Swim Team Training Camps between 2018 and 2020, with:

  • The first camp to be held between July 15-28 before the Australian Swim Team fly to Tokyo for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, followed by;
  • The Australian team’s Para Pan Pacific Championships Camp from August 1-8 before;
  • The Tobruk Pool hosts the 2018 Para Pan Pacific Swimming Championships between August 9 and 13 with;
  • Another three camps for the Olympic and Paralympic teams set down between next year and the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Both teams will utilise the warm weather training venue at the Tobruk Pool in 2020 before their Staging Camps in the Japanese city of Nagaoka and onto Tokyo.

Swimming Australia’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Chris Forbes said Cairns would become the Dolphins second home as they prepared for the Games.

“All parties are ecstatic with this partnership, which will be a “win win” for all concerned,” said Forbes.

“We’re happy because it provides our teams with an ideal warm weather training venue in one of the best facilities anywhere in Australia – and Cairns are happy because they can showcase the best home-grown swimming talent and host overseas countries as well.

“The climate, the pool and the facilities will be a perfect combination for our teams to put the finishing touches to their respective Games preparations.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said Council was delighted to work with Swimming Australia in welcoming athletes from around the world to a region that holds immense global appeal and is well placed to deliver economic and social returns.

“Major event tourism initiatives such as the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships lead to many lasting benefits for the host city and host state,” Cr Manning said.

“It is expected that this event will not only have a substantial regional appeal but also draw top swimmers and fans from within Queensland, interstate and internationally.”

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Last updated: 16 April 2018