Exciting times are ahead for the Iona Swim Club as it sends off two elite members of its senior squad to Tokyo.
Alex Fahey (19) and Hannah Allen (16) have been selected in the Queensland team to compete at the Japan Invitational and Japan Open in late November and early December.
After COVID prevented butterflier Alex Fahey from competing overseas as part of the Australian Junior Dolphins team in 2021, he is excited to have the chance to hit the water in Japan. Alex is joined by middle and long-distance freestyler Hannah Allen, who is one of the youngest squad members having just turned 16. The pair will be joined by their coach, Zane King, who has been selected as one of the Queensland team coaches.
It’s an exciting achievement for this new local club. Originally established in 1975, the Iona Swim Club was restored in July 2022 under Head Coach Zane King. In just a few short months, the club has become home to Australian and Queensland junior representative swimmers, a number of National Age Champions and a suite of Metropolitan representative swimmers.
This caliber of junior swimmers shows us what our locals can achieve, but support is critical to continue development pathways, particularly as the club journeys towards the 2032 Brisbane Olympics. The club is looking to develop long-lasting, collaborative relationships with the local business community. To get on board at the grass-roots level with one of Queensland’s most exciting new swim houses, contact the club at [email protected]. Support can also be shown for our 2023 National Team’s journey to the 2023 Australian Championships by visiting https://asf.org.au/projects/iona-swimming-club.