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Tickets on Sale for Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast

26 May 2014

From Glasgow to the Gold Coast for the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships OUR TEAM #Swim4Gold – Aug 21-24 – at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships are coming to the Gold Coast this August with public tickets going on sale TODAY.

Fresh from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Australian Swim Team will take on the might of the USA, Japan, Canada and more at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport.

The four days of world class swimming action will feature the world’s best from August 21 to 24, with more than 20 world and Olympic champions set to battle it out in the pool, and the 10km elite open water competition (25 August) at the Marine Stadium, Southport Spit.

Australia’s best swimmers including world champions Cate Campbell, James Magnussen and Christian Sprenger, five-time Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts and Gold Coast young guns Cameron McEvoy and Jordan Harrison will all be in action.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships would provide visitors with the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most prestigious swimming meets on the Gold Coast.

“It is with great excitement we welcome the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships back to Queensland for the first time in 25 years, demonstrating to a national and international audience that Queensland and the Gold Coast is a premier event and holiday destination,” said Ms Stuckey.

“The 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will be the first major international sporting event to be held at the newly redeveloped Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, highlighting its significance as a world-class sporting venue ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, encourages support for events such as the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships which drive visitation to destinations like the Gold Coast.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said swimming was part of the Gold Coast’s DNA and urged locals to come and support the Australian team at the new aquatic centre.

“We have Australia’s newest international–standard aquatic centre hosting one of the world’s most prestigious swimming competitions right here in our backyard,” said Cr Tate.

“As the first major competition to be held at the new aquatic centre, this is a unique opportunity for the community to come and be part of our city’s history.”

Swimming Australia President John Bertrand said the chance for our swim team to represent Australia, in Australia, is a huge opportunity for the sport.

“Our swimmers seldom get the chance to swim for the Green & Gold in home waters and I know they are all looking forward to doing just that on the Gold Coast in August,” said Bertrand.

“Our vision is to be the best in the world by 2020 and to be able to take on the current best in the world, the USA, in our new pool, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games city, is a fantastic opportunity for our sport.”

“We know the Australian public will get behind our team for Glasgow, and we want that support to continue for the Pan Pacs here on the Gold Coast.”

With Family Tickets from just $45 for Heats and $60 for Finals, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see Australia’s best swimmers take on the world and #Swim4Gold.

To purchase tickets, simply go to www.ticketmaster.com.au/panpacs

Swimming Australia is proud to have Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd on board as the naming rights sponsor for this international event and is also working in conjunction with the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland in hosting the Championships at the brand new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport with the support of the Gold Coast City Council.

About the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships returns to Australia for the first time in 15 years – from August 21 to 25 - and will be held at the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport.

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships is an international swim meet which will feature more than a dozen international teams and 20 world and Olympic champions in both pool and the 10km elite open water competition.

Recognised globally as the most competitive swim meet outside of an Olympic Games or World Championships, the event will feature five of the top 10 nations from the 2013 FINA World Championships, with athletes from Brazil and South Africa set to join in the racing, as well as the USA who won 13 gold medals in the pool in Barcelona, and a staggering 16 at the London Olympics in 2012.

The list of international stars set to swim on the Gold Coast includes the likes of USA swimmers, 11-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte and four time Olympic gold medallist Missy Franklin, with the great Michael Phelps also a potential starter for the meet depending on qualification in early August.

For Canada Commonwealth Games and Pan Pac’s gold medallist Ryan Cochrane and world championship bronze medallist Hilary Caldwell will lead the way, while Japan will bring their strongest team including former world record holder Ryosuke Irie and Olympic medallist Kosuke Hagino.

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships is held under the oversight of the Pan Pacific Swimming Association. The Association was established in the mid-1980s and is made up of the four founding swimming federations – Swimming Australia, Swimming Canada, the Japan Amateur Swimming Federation and USA Swimming.

These charter nations developed the concept of a biennial swimming competition to provide their national teams with first class international competition between the two major international swimming competitions – the Olympic Games and the FINA World Championships.

As FINA modified its calendar in the 2001-2004 period to include two World Championships in the quadrennium (the odd years), the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships also adjusted and has been held since 2002 in the second year after the summer Olympic Games (2002, 2006, 2010, etc).

The first Pan Pacific Swimming Championships was hosted by Japan in Tokyo in 1985. Since then, the competition site rotated between Japan and the other charter nations. The host nation has taken responsibility for organizing all aspects of the Championships including issuing all invitations to other national swimming federations.

Lachlan Searle | General Manager, Marketing & Communications | Swimming Australia Ltd
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