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Bobby Jovanovich and Garth Kates after Squad Selection
The future of Australian Swimming is in safe hands if the strength of the Telstra Dolphins teamnamed for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui next January is any indication.
The 30-member team was announced at the conclusion of the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart and is chock full of rising young stars.
The second ever Junior Pan Pacs will feature the best swimmers under 18 from Australia, the USA, Canada, Japan and other selected countries.
Australia's Head Youth Coach Leigh Nugent, the man who guided Australia to their most successful offshore Olympic campaign, is in charge of this young brigade and expects some success stories to come from the meet.
"The Junior Pan Pacs is an important pathway to the senior team and success at international level," Nugent said.
"We will come up against strong competition from Japan, Canada and the Americans and the experience these young athletes gain will be invaluable later in their careers.
FULL TELSTRA DOLPHINS TEAM FOR THE 2007 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MAUI:
MEN: Daniel Arnamnart (Aquaburn, NSW), Sam Ashby (Carey Aquatic, VIC), Shane Cross (Warringah Aquatic, NSW), Andrew Davis (Carlile, NSW), Nic Donald (SAC Seals, NSW), Ben Donaldson (Albany Creek, QLD), Robert Hurley (Wests Illawarra, NSW), Bobby Jovanovich (West Coast, WA), Garth Kates (West Coast, WA), Bryan Luca (Klim Swim, VIC), Nick Milnes (Bomaderry, NSW) Stephen Parkes (SLC Aquadot, NSW), Theo Pasialis (SAC Seals, NSW), James Stacey (Barker Aquatic, NSW), Reece Turner (Port Macquarie, NSW)
WOMEN: Katie Bird (Carey Aquatic, VIC), Charlotte Clarke (Norwood, SA), Amelia Evatt-Davey (Miami, QLD), Brooke Fletcher (Miami, QLD), Talia Goddard (Carey Aquatic, VIC), Olivia Halicek (Sydney Swim PLC, NSW), Samantha Hamill (Woogaroo, QLD), Belinda Hocking (Albury, NSW), Meagen nay (Southport Olympic, QLD), Emily Seebohm (Brothers, QLD), Lorren Sellwood (St Peters Western, QLD), Keatyn Simpson (Aquaz, NSW), Amy Smith (River City, QLD), Kristen Wilson (Haileybury Waterlions, VIC), Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne Vicentre, VIC)
ASAOC would like to congratulate both Bobby Jovanovich and Garth Kates of West Coast on their selection.