JADE LUCY Captains the Australian INAS Global Games team

Cham­pi­on swim­mer Jade Lucy has just been named Women’s cap­tain of the Aus­tralian team that will com­pete at the INAS Glob­al Games in Bris­bane in this October.

I am very hap­py and thrilled to be named cap­tain,” said Jade, excit­ed­ly adding that it is a real hon­our and I always want­ed to be a leader for our team.”

Men’s cap­tain Archie Gra­ham sent me a note con­grat­u­lat­ing me, which was very nice, so we can lead Aus­tralia together.”

Jade, who trains with the NSWSLC Aquadot squad, is one of Australia’s most suc­cess­ful swim­mers in the S14 cat­e­go­ry blitz­ing the field at the last INAS Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in 2017 grab­bing five gold, a sil­ver and a bronze medal in the pool. She has also recent­ly returned from the World Para Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships, held last month in Lon­don, with a cred­i­ble 13thplac­ing in the S14200m Freestyle.

The win­ner was Valeri­ia Sha­bali­na from Rus­sia and I think she might be com­ing to the Glob­al Games, so I will have anoth­er chance to race her and hope­ful­ly push her hard,” says Jade. The Enga­dine 22 year old will con­test four freestyle events includ­ing the 200m up to the 1500m.

But it is swim­ming in front of a home crowd with her moth­er and a tribe of cousins that real­ly moti­vates Jade. Mum has seen me swim but it will be great to see all my cousins cheer­ing me on in the Chan­dler pool in Bris­bane. My cousin Jack­son has watched me on TV but he will be cheer­ing loud­ly for me from the crowd in Brisbane.”

The INAS Glob­al Games for elite ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment will be held in Bris­bane with over 1000 ath­letes from 48 coun­tries con­test­ing 10 sports in 8 venues over the 8 days of sport­ing excitement.

Tick­ets at www​.gg2019​.org

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