Gold Medalist Anderson dives into Swimming

Swim­ming is shap­ing up as being one of the largest com­pe­ti­tion sports at the INAS Glob­al Games 2019 with as many as 250 swim­ming entries from around the world.

With World Para Swim­ming sanc­tion­ing, the INAS Games will not only be a high­ly con­test­ed event, it will be a great path­way to Tokyo” says Bris­bane 2019INAS Glob­al Games CEO Robyn Smith.

The pro­gram, over­seen by Swim­ming Queensland’s Michael Ander­son OAM, him­self a medal win­ning para-swim­mer, is attract­ing a very high cal­i­bre field to com­pete under the INAS ban­ner in Bris­bane dur­ing the Games this October.

Michael is excit­ed by the chal­lenge of deliv­er­ing a world-class com­pe­ti­tion, stat­ing Swim­ming Queens­land has a proud his­to­ry of deliv­er­ing high qual­i­ty swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions and pro­grams. We recog­nise the impor­tance of devel­op­ing all lev­els of the sport – from grass roots to high per­for­mance – and are extreme­ly adept in deliv­er­ing pro­grams tar­get­ing each lev­el. When invit­ed to come on board as the event host of the INAS Glob­al Games swim­ming pro­gram, we saw it as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­mote inclu­sion, diver­si­ty and qual­i­ty competition.”

Michael con­tract­ed menin­gi­tis when he was three years old and as a result, had nerve dam­age in his legs and a hear­ing impairment.

I grew up play­ing team sports and it wasn’t until I com­menced swim­ming in my ear­ly teenage years that my doc­tor dis­cov­ered I had suf­fered nerve dam­age as a result of hav­ing menin­gi­tis. I took this oppor­tu­ni­ty to become inter­na­tion­al­ly clas­si­fied in the S10 clas­si­fi­ca­tion which has pro­vid­ed me with won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties to trav­el the world and com­pete in three Par­a­lympic Games – Bei­jing 2008, Lon­don 2012 and Rio 2016 – and sev­er­al oth­er inter­na­tion­al tournaments.”

Michael held the World Records in both the 50m and 100m back­stroke S10 clas­si­fi­ca­tion and claimed Gold, Sil­ver and Bronze medals dur­ing his Par­a­lympic career.

I know what it’s like to be an elite ath­lete with a dis­abil­i­ty, so it’s both a plea­sure and an hon­our to be able to pro­vide the best envi­ron­ment for the swim­mers com­pet­ing at the INAS Glob­al Games in my hometown.”

Already over 200 ath­letes have entered the swim meet, held Octo­ber 13 – 17 at the Slee­man Aquat­ic Cen­tre – built for the Bris­bane Com­mon­wealth Games in 1982 and also used as the cen­tre of swim­ming dur­ing the 1994 World Mas­ters Games and the 2001 Good­will Games.

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