Our thanks to Sarah Harvey for details of the NSW members of Team Australia's medal tally:
The 5th Down Syndrome International Swimming Championships were held in Taipei 2-7th October. Australia sent a team of 17 swimmers, including only three from NSW. The championships are run with heats and the best swimmers racing in the final, so the gold medal goes to the best swimmer in the world. The competition was stiff with more than twenty countries competing. There are some seriously good swimmers from Great Britain, Mexico, South Africa and Italy and teams from all over the world attended. Big teams attended from the neighbouring Asian countries, which was great.
The Australian team was very successful especially in the relays, where we had several swimmers of a high level so could make up winning teams. The Aussies are beautifully presented as a team always and absolutely love their time away as ‘The Australian team’. That feeling of representing your country is magnificent.
Our NSW swimmers did well. Brendan Foley, Daniel Rumsey and Lucy Dumitrescu had to race the others in the Australian team as well as the rest of the world which made it even more difficult. Daniel Rumsey was awarded Male Swimmer of the meet with 10 world records. Considering the work that these three swimmers have done over the past years, their medals were well-deserved!
8 World records (Masters Category)
Category Trisomy 21
10 World records
Relays 3 Gold, 1 Silver
Lucy Dumitrescu - Team Leader (Female)
Relays: 3 gold
It would be great to see more NSW swimmers participating next time when the championships will be in Italy. Start training! It is fantastic to see a swim meet dedicated to DS swimmers only, with no other categories included. At last, like swimming against like!
Down Syndrome Down Under Swimming Organisation: www.dsduso.org