Bethan flies flag for SA

28 Apr 2017

Champion young South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) athlete Bethan Mounfield is packing her bags for a trip to the US after excellent results at the recent national age swimming championships in Brisbane.

Bethan, 16, was the only South Australian selected in the 30-person team (18 female, 12 male) to compete for Australia at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Indianapolis, US, between August 23 and 28.

Bethan, from Marion Swimming Club, was selected in the team after winning bronze medals in the 16 years 200m, 400m and 800m free.

Bethan was thrilled with her selection.

"I was really shocked to make the team, I wasn't expecting that,'' she said.

"I went into the championships aiming to medal but trying not to focus on the outcome.

''The world championships will be a great experience but I don't really know what to expect.

''I will have a short break and then get back into training.

"I am not sure what events I will compete in but will wait to talk to the coaches to see where I will swim.

"It is nice to represent the state as the only South Australian in the team but I have some friends in the team from other states.''

SASI Head Coach, Peter Bishop said Bethan's selection was a top reward for her hard work.

"She did a fantastic job to make the team,'' he said.

"It  will be a great learning curve and exciting for her on her first national team.

"She has the ability to race well and she thrives on competition.''

Olympian Kyle Chalmers also was the only South Australian to make the senior Australian Dolphins Swim team which will compete at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, between July 14 and 30.

He is one of 19 Olympians to make the 31-strong team.

Bethan Mounfield