Blacktown swimmers wash away the competition

Published on 12 February 2018


Everything went swimmingly for Blacktown City Swimming Club members at Brighton Beach in South Australia on Saturday 27 January 2018.

The Blacktown City Swimming Club, which trains at Blacktown Aquatic Centre 6 times a week, sent 4 swimmers, along with Head Coach, Haibin Zhu, to compete in the 2018 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

The conditions on the day were perfect, and Blacktown swimmers all recorded personal bests, with the following results:

  • Matthew Galea placed 1st in the 17 years boys 5km event with a time of 56.50 minutes
  • Madeline Franjic placed 9th in the 17 years girls 5km event with a time of 1:04.45.01
  • Angela Wooden recorded a new personal best of 1:10.33.01 (qualifying her for next year’s championships)
  • John Higgins competed in the 2.5km non-championship event with a time of 37:59

This was Angela’s first National Championship, John’s second 2.5km non-championship event and Madeline and Matthew’s third National Open Water Event. Two years ago both Madeline and Matthew were ranked 32nd at this event, showing how far they have come in such a short time.

Blacktown Aquatic Centre has been supporting the Blacktown City Swimming Club since 1961 and Mayor Stephen Bali says it is great to see such wonderful results.

“Congratulations to each swimmer who competed at the National Championships and for bringing back such great results. We are proud that our 50 metre competition pool helped prepare these swimmers to compete at a national level” said Mayor Bali.

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Image Caption (left to right): John Higgins, Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Cr Steven Bali MP, Madeline Franjic, Angela Wooden and Matthew Galea.