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Australian Swimming Championships

The Australian Swimming Championships is the national Swimming championships for Australia. They are organised by Swimming Australia and separate championships are held annually in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) pools. The two meets are the country's top domestic meet for their respective course.

The meet usually also double as a selection event for international competitions such as the: Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Some consider the meet the second-toughest domestic competition in the world, behind the USA's national championships.

The first edition of the championships was held in Sydney in January 1896 with events at the Natatorium, Sutherland Dock (Cockatoo Island) and on the Hawkesbury River.

The state that wins the most points at the championships is awarded the Kieran Shield, named in memory of Barney B. Kieran, a swimmer from New South Wales, who was a world record holder, and who died, aged 18, in 1905.[1]

The 1990 Australian Swimming Championships saw events for disabled athletes added for the first time.[2]

EditionsEdit

Long courseEdit

Year Dates Pool City State Selection for
1946 2–9 February Richmond Baths, Brunswick Baths Melbourne   Victoria
1947 1–8 February Adelaide Olympic Pool Adelaide   South Australia
1948 8–14 February North Sydney Olympic Pool, Granville Olympic Pool Sydney   New South Wales 1948 Olympic Games
1949 19–26 February Valley Baths Brisbane   Queensland
1950 9–17 December 1949 North Sydney Olympic Pool Sydney   New South Wales 1950 Commonwealth Games
1951 17–24 February Melbourne Olympic Pool, Brunswick Baths Melbourne   Victoria
1952 16–23 February Melbourne Olympic Pool Melbourne   Victoria 1952 Olympic Games
1953 21–28 February North Sydney Olympic Pool, Enfield Olympic Swimming Pool Sydney   New South Wales
1954 20–27 February Melbourne Olympic Pool Melbourne   Victoria 1954 Commonwealth Games
1955 19–26 February Adelaide Olympic Pool Adelaide   South Australia
1956 16–23 February North Sydney Olympic Pool, Enfield Olympic Swimming Pool Sydney   New South Wales The selection trials for the 1956 Olympic Games were held in Melbourne in October.
1957 15–23 February Canberra Olympic Pool Canberra   Australian Capital Territory
1958 15–22 February Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria 1958 Commonwealth Games
1959 13–21 February Hobart Olympic Pool Hobart   Tasmania
1960 23–27 February North Sydney Olympic Pool Sydney   New South Wales 1960 Olympic Games
1961 17–25 February Valley Pool Brisbane   Queensland
1962 17–24 February Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria The selection trials for the 1962 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne in October.
1963 16–23 February Beatty Park Aquatic Centre Perth   Western Australia
1964 28 February–1 March North Sydney Olympic Pool| Sydney   New South Wales 1964 Olympic Games
1965 27 February–1 March Hobart Olympic Pool Hobart   Tasmania
1966 25–27 February Valley Pool Brisbane   Queensland 1966 Commonwealth Games
1967 23–25 February Adelaide Olympic Pool Adelaide   South Australia
1968 23–25 February Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria 1968 Olympic Games
1969 21–23 February Beatty Park Aquatic Centre Perth

  Western Australia

1970 27 February–1 March Drummoyne Olympic Pool Sydney

  New South Wales

1970 Commonwealth Games
1971 5–7 February Hobart Olympic Pool Hobart   Tasmania
1972 11–13 February Valley Pool Brisbane   Queensland 1972 Olympic Games
1973 9–11 February Adelaide Swimming Centre Adelaide   South Australia The selection trials for the 1973 FINA World Championships were held in Brisbane in August. The selection trials for the 1974 Commonwealth Games were held in Sydney in December.
1974 1–3 March Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria
1975 21– 23 February Beatty Park Aquatic Centre Perth   Western Australia The selection trials for the 1975 FINA World Championships were held in Brisbane in June.
1976 27–29 February North Sydney Olympic Pool Sydney   New South Wales 1976 Olympic Games
1977 25–27 February Clarence Memorial Olympic Pool Hobart   Tasmania
1978 23–26 February Valley Pool Brisbane   Queensland The selection trials for the 1978 Commonwealth Games and 1978 FINA World Championships were held in Sydney in June.
1979 22–25 February Beatty Park Aquatic Centre Perth   Western Australia
1980 20–23 March Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria 1980 Olympic Games
1981 26 February–1 March Adelaide Swimming Centre Adelaide   South Australia
1982 18–21 March Warringah Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 1982 FINA World Championships. The selection trials for the 1982 Commonwealth Games were held in Sydney in August.
1983 24–27 February Clarence Memorial Olympic Pool Hobart   Tasmania
1984 23–26 February Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 1984 Olympic Games
1985 21–24 February State Swimming Centre Melbourne   Victoria
1986 27 February–2 March Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide   South Australia 1986 FINA World Championships
1987 26 February–1 March Beatty Park Aquatic Centre Perth   Western Australia The selection trials for the 1987 Pan Pacs were conducted in Brisbane from 22 to 25 July.[3]
1988 25–28 February[4] Warringah Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales The selection trials for the 1988 Olympic Games were conducted in Sydney from 11 to 14 May.[5]
1989 23-26 February State Swimming Centre Melbourne   Victoria The selection trials for the 1989 Pan Pacs were conducted in Perth in August.[6]. The selection trials for the 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Adelaide in December.
1990 10–14 October[7] Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 1991 FINA World Championships
1991 25–29 April State Swimming Centre Melbourne   Victoria 1991 Pan Pacs
1992 1–5 April[8] Australian Institute of Sport Canberra   Australian Capital Territory 1992 Olympic Games
1993 24–28 March[9] Claremont Superdrome Perth   Western Australia 1993 Pan Pacs
1994 15–20 March Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 1994 Commonwealth Games. 1994 FINA World Championships
1995 30 March –2 April Claremont Superdrome Perth   Western Australia| 1995 Pan Pacs
1996 21–27 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 1996 Olympic Games
1997 5–11 October Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 1998 FINA World Championships. The selection trials for the 1997 Pan Pacs were held in Adelaide in March.
1998 27 April–2 May Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne   Victoria 1998 Commonwealth Games
1999 20–27 March Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 1999 Pan Pacs
2000 13–20 May Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2000 Olympic Games
2001 24–31 March Hobart Aquatic Centre Hobart   Tasmania 2001 FINA World Championships
2002 18–23 March Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2002 Pan Pacs
2003 22–29 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2003 FINA World Championships
2004 27 March – 3 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2004 Olympic Games
2005 12–19 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2005 FINA World Championships
2006 30 January–4 February Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne   Victoria 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Pan Pacs
2007 3–10 December 2006 Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 2007 FINA World Championships
2008 22–29 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2008 Olympics Games
2009 17–22 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2009 FINA World Championships
2010 16–21 March Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2010 Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacs 2010
2011 1–8 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2011 FINA World Championships
2012 15–22 March South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia 2012 Olympic Games
2013 26 April–3 May South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia 2013 FINA World Championships
2014 1–6 April Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacs 2014
2015 3–10 April Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales 2015 FINA World Championships
2016 7–14 April South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia 2016 Olympic Games
2017 9–13 April Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Brisbane   Queensland 2017 FINA World Championships
2018 28 February–3 March[10] Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Gold Coast   Queensland 2018 Commonwealth Games. The selection trials for Pan Pacs 2018 were held in Adelaide in June-July.
2019 7–12 April South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia The selection trials for the 2019 FINA World Championships were held in Brisbane in June.
2020 14–19 June South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia 2020 Olympic Games

Short courseEdit

Year Dates Pool City State Selection for
1986 5–7 September Mowbray Pool Launceston   Tasmania
1987 25–27 September[4] Olympic Swimming Stadium Melbourne   Victoria
1990 25–27 September[11] Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide   South Australia
1991 27–29 September[8] Adelaide Aquatic Centre Adelaide   South Australia
1992 25–27 September[9] Casuarina Pool Darwin   Northern Territory
2001 August (beginning) Challenge Stadium Perth   Western Australia
2007 29 August – 2 September Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne   Victoria
2008 20–24 September Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne   Victoria
2009 8–12 August Hobart Aquatic Centre Hobart   Tasmania
2010 14–18 July Brisbane Aquatics Centre Brisbane   Queensland SC Worlds 2010
2011 1–3 July SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia
2012 September Challenge Stadium Perth   Western Australia SC Worlds 2012
2013 22–31 August Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales
2014 5–9 November SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia 2014 SC Worlds
2015 26–28 November Sydney International Aquatic Centre Sydney   New South Wales
2016 1–5 November Brisbane Aquatics Centre Brisbane   Queensland SC Worlds 2016
2017 26–28 October SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adelaide   South Australia
2018 Unknown Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne   Victoria

Championships recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Catherine Huggett". Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
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  5. ^ Sweetenham, Bill (1988). "Australian Institute of Sport Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1987-88. Australian Swimming: 47. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  6. ^ "National Team Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1989-90. Australian Swimming: 28. 1990. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Honorary Secretary's Report" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1990-91. Australian Swimming: 7. 1991. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b "The Year in Detail" (pdf). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1991-92. Australian Swimming: 7. 1992. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b "The Year in Detail" (PDF). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1992-93. Australian Swimming: 3. 1993. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
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