2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Swimming

  • 20/03/2018
Sophie Pascoe
Sophie Pascoe in action at 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo credit: Photosport

Swimming is historically one of New Zealand’s strongest Commonwealth Games sports and its 81 medals are good enough for third on the all-time ranking list.

Some of the country’s most memorable Games moments have taken place in the pool, including gold medals to Anthony Moss and Anna Simcic on home soil in 1990.

A team of 17 will make their way across the Tasman in a bid to create more such memories, led by para swimmer Sophie Pascoe, who stands a great chance at gold after her Rio Olympic efforts.

Pascoe, 24, is the most experienced athlete on a swim team that also includes five para athletes and two divers.        

Rio Paralympians Jesse Reynolds and Tupou Neiufi will debut at their first Commonwealth Games, alongside newcomers Chris Arbuthnott and Celyn Edwards.    

Glasgow 2014 representatives Corey Main and Matthew Stanley are returning for their second Games.              

Rio Olympians Bradlee Ashby and Main both achieved the automatic qualifying times after standout performances at the world championships earlier this year, while Australia-based 16-year-old Laticia-Leigh Transom has made a step up after winning two golds, two silvers and a bronze at this year's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.       

Men - Chris Arbuthnott, Bradlee Ashby, Celyn Edwards, Daniel Hunter, Corey Main, Samuel Perry, Jesse Reynolds, Matthew Stanley

Women - Carina Doyle, Gabrielle Fa'amausili, Helena Gasson, Bobbi Gichard, Georgia Marris, Tupou Neiufi, Sophie Pascoe, Bronagh Ryan, Laticia-Leigh Transom