Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre came alive with athletes, parents and teachers, as they gathered in this iconic venue for the School Sport Victoria Primary and Secondary State Secondary Championships.
With just over 594 student athletes competing, representing over 282 schools, a massive 11 records broken, and a huge haul of 705 medals awarded, arguably this was the best Swimming Championships to date.
It was great to have some swimming elite athletes present to join the live stream commentary and be on hand to present medals. SSV Ambassadors and Paralympian's Matthew Haanappel OAM and Tim Disken OAM brought their Commonwealth Games experience to the live commentary. Victorian Institute of Sport athletes Koti Nagwati and Sian Whittaker were a valuable addition, being their first time as presenters, their own experience of coming through the School Sport Swimming Championships shone through. Arguably the greatest Swimming Celebrity was Mack Horton. Having just returned from the Commonwealth Games where he came home with three gold medals, it was clear that his influence and following was huge, by all the people that lined up to have their photo taken with him.
You can watch the live stream of the event with every race on SSVtv. Simply visit this link to be taken to SSV's YouTube channel.
If you would like to share a race with a family member, rather than having the family member scroll through hours of footage, simply follow these steps to send a custom link that will start the live stream exactly where the race takes place.
You can find all the results, team score's and records broken on the SSV website.
We'd like to thank the Swimming Victoria Officials, State Sports Centers Trust and the great volunteers from S.E.D.A and Mac. Robertson Girls' High School for their vital role in this day being the best it can be for all involved.
Mack compares winning the gold medal at the Olympics to winning the gold medal at the State Swimming Championships.