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Cannonvale Cannon’s Finals at Australian Champs

Five Cannonvale Cannons’ swimmers had brilliant weeks at the Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.  

Coach Mark Erickson said he was proud of the Cannons and their outstanding achievements.

“It is not easy to qualify for the Australian Championships, let alone swim at the Australian championships,” he said.

“The five Cannons kept their nerves at bay and swam extremely well in this super competitive environment.”  

Jy Parkinson, 17-years-old, made the finals for all three of his Backstroke events.

Jy came ninth in Australia for his 50-metre Backstroke in a time of 27.51 seconds and for his 100-metre Backstroke in 59.01 seconds.  

He was placed 10th in the final for his 200-metre Backstroke with a time of 2.09.27.  

During the week, Jy also swam 100-metre Butterfly in a time of 58.87 seconds (23rd), 200-metre Freestyle in 1.57.10 (13th), 100-metre Freestyle in 54.12sec (30th) and 200m Butterfly in 2.14.91 (17th).  

Jacob Bell, aged 16, swam a 400-metre IM in a time of 5.01.25 which placed him 28th in Australia.

Ehsan Helou, 14, swam her 50-metre Breaststroke in 34.35 seconds, which placed him 50th in Australia.  

Ehsan’s sister, Anisa, aged 13, swam the 50-metre Butterfly in 31.44 seconds (with a 0.68 second personal best) and was placed 76th in the country.  

Holly Perrin, aged 15, swam the 50-metre Backstroke in 33.24 seconds and was placed 92nd in Australia.  

The Club extended its congratulations to Jy, Jacob, Ehsan, Anisa, and Holly on your fantastic achievements.

Contributed with thanks to Raylene Rasmussen

Anisa Jacob Holly Mark Jy and Ehsan on the Gold Coast

Cannons at the Australian Age Championships

Jy marshalling for the Backstroke final

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