The Australian Swim Team has continued its gold rush at the Global Games in Europe overnight extending their gold medal tally to 10, with two days of competition remaining on the Italian Riviera.
Kara Leo added a further two gold medals to her three from Day 1, winning the 400m freestyle in 4:47.29 from Nerice Holland for silver in 4:51.92, before combining with the medley relay team of Holland, Emily Schmidt andTaylor Corry for gold.
Also adding to her medal count, 14-year-old Amanda Fowler was outstanding in the 200m butterfly winning gold in 2:47.07 before backing up for bronze in the 200m breaststroke, with Schmidt fourth in 3:10.05.
Sydney teenager Mitchell Kilduff put in the swim of the day for Australia winning the men’s 400m freestyle in 4:20.70, with a back end leg that saw him negative split the race by more than three seconds.
Swimming Australia’s Paralympic Head Coach Brendan Keogh said such strong performances will provide many of the athletes with great experience leading into next year’s Paralympic Games.
“It was another fantastic day of competition. Amanda Fowler won her bronze in the 200m breast just 20 minutes after gold in the 200 fly and Emily Schmidt finished 4th after taking over 12 seconds off her best time today,” said Keogh.
“Kara Leo was outstanding in the 400m free and Nerice Holland was extremely strong finishing second, while the women’s medley relay led from start to finish.”
“It has been great to see our young guns lead the way and gain valuable experience that will be priceless should they make the team to London next year.”
The Global Games is a multi-sport event that provides competition opportunities for athletes with an intellectual disability.
The Australian team competing at the third Global Games in Liguria, Italy is as follows:
Taylor Corry, aged 16 from Nelson Bay, NSW
Amanda Fowler, aged 14 from Nepean Aquatic Swim Club, NSW
Nerice Holland, aged 21 from Rackley Swim Team, QLD
Kara Leo, aged 18 from Nepean Aquatic Swim Club, NSW
Emily Schmidt, aged 18 from Australian Crawl, QLD