2012 Junior Pan Pacific Games, Hawaii
PhysioHealth has recently returned from the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Games in Honolulu Hawaii where they headed the Physiotherapy team for 33 junior Australian swimmers. Athletes competing at the Games are Australia’s next Olympic hopefuls, with the Games providing a magnificent step towards their international swimming careers. The Aussies faced fierce competition from USA, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mexico and Japan. The Aussie’s took to the pool in blistering form on the first night of competition, with Melbourne swimmer Mac Horton taking poll position in the men’s 1500m freestyle. Mac’s time would have would have placed him first at the recent Australian Olympic trials and landed him a spot on the London Olympic Games team. Day two saw the Aussies pick up four silver medals. In the men’s 100m freestyle three boys broke the 50sec barrier for the first time which is a very promising result for the future of the men’s 4x100 freestyle relay. On night three Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi took the world by storm in the men’s 200m breastroke, posting a time of 2:08.03 only one second off the world record, a time which would have seen him win bronze at the London Olympics. On the final day of competition the Open Water athletes took to the ocean in the 10km event. Surrounded by a pod of 20 or so dolphins and clear blue water it was a picture perfect venue. Australia’s Emily Seymour won silver in just under 2 hours.