Swimming Success at 2022 Australian Championships


King’s alumni, Elijah Winnington, had an exciting comeback in the pool this week after his Olympic disappointment and self-confessed dejection saw him take a short break from competitive swimming. He returned with great gusto for the Australian Swimming Championships this week in Adelaide, claiming GOLD in the Men’s 400m and 800m Freestyle events, and SILVER in the 200m Freestyle. Elijah’s 400m Freestyle time was the second-fastest recorded in the world this year, and his impressive times have qualified him for next month’s Swimming World Championships in Budapest, and a place on the 39-strong Australian Dolphin’s Swim Team to compete on the world stage at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July.

Our talented Year 12 student, Jesse Coleman, also achieved incredible success at the Championships this week, breaking a National Age Record in the Men’s 100m Fly event that had previously been held for a decade! Jesse finished 8th overall in the Final against his older competitors, with a time of 52.70, making him the fastest ever 17-year-old Australian in this event, and proving his promising career in the pool. Jesse also made the finals for the 200m Fly and finished 17th overall.

Congratulations Elijah and Jesse!