Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has today announced Western Australian
athletes Katherine Downie and Jeremy McClure onto the Australian Swimming Team
for the 2012 London Paralympics.
duo will form part of the 35-strong Australian Swimming Team in London, with
Downie to make her Paralympic debut, whilst McClure will swim at a third
Games, having also competed in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).
Having won 354 Paralympic medals in swimming – 101 gold,
133 silver and 120 bronze since it was introduced at the first Paralympic Games
in Rome 1960 – swimming is one of Australia’s most successful sports at the
Paralympics, second only to athletics in medals.
Australian Paralympic Committee CEO and 2012 Team Chef de
Mission Jason Hellwig believes the team selected for London will continue
Australia’s proud tradition of success in the pool.
"Australians love watching Australians do well in the
pool and London will be no different,” Mr Hellwig said.
"We are sending a strong swim team and although the
competition for medals will be tougher than ever, I have no doubt that members
of this team can make their presence felt.”
Downie and McClure’s selection in the swimming team
finalizes WA’s officially selected numbers for the 2012 London Paralympics to
Full biographies can be found on the APC website:
Katherine Downie - http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/katherine-downie
Jeremy McClure - http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/jeremy-mcclure