Queenslanders set to make a splash at World Championships

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Some of Queensland's best athletes will battle it out in the pool at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai this month.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said some of our top swimmers will fly out today, including Stephanie Rice and Meagan Nay.

"Queensland is well known for its strength in the pool so it's no surprise to see our athletes dominate the selections for the world championships," Mr Reeves said.

"Stephanie, a triple Olympic gold medallist, is a force to be reckoned with in the pool, placing first in the 400m individual medley and second in both the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley at the Telstra Australian Championships this year.

"She also won gold in the 400m individual medley at the recent Santa Clara International putting her in the top four in the world for 2011.

"Meagan is another inspirational athlete in the pool, winning two gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.

"She is also currently ranked number two in the world for the 200m backstroke for 2011.

"I wish the entire Queensland contingent all the very best for the championships and I have no doubt all athletes will do their state and country proud."

Mr Reeves said the Queensland Academy of Sport continues to play a key role in producing outstanding sports men and women.

"Queensland's reputation of producing world class athletes is again evident with an outstanding number of athletes selected to compete at the world championships," he said.

"All you have to do is look at the numbers - 30 of the 54 athletes selected for the Australian swimming team to compete in Shanghai are from Queensland.

"This includes swim stars Kenrick Monk, Ryan Napoleon, Jessicah Schipper and Emily Seebohm to name just a few.

"Other Queenslanders who will compete at the championships include Beijing Olympic silver medallist Melissa Wu, and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist Sharleen Stratton who will compete in the FINA Diving World Championships.

"We also have a number of Queenslanders competing in the FINA Water Polo World Championships including Rhys Howden, Rob Maitland, Anthony Martin and William Miller.

"Headlining the women's team will be dual Olympians Melissa Rippon and Kate Gynther, joined by fellow QAS trained athletes Bronwen Knox, Sophie Smith and Jane Moran.

"The FINA World Championships is one of the major competitions for 2011 and will act as a perfect gauge for our athletes in the lead up to their preparation for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"The passion and dedication of these athletes are a true inspiration to young Queenslanders and their success bodes well for the development of sport in this state.

"Queensland really is the home of champions, which is evident in our recent spate of sporting achievements including grand final wins from the men's and women's Roar teams, Queensland Firebirds, Queensland Reds and of course the mighty State of Origin Maroons team."

The FINA Swimming World Championships will run simultaneously with the FINA Diving and Water Polo World Championships from 16 to 31 July 2011.

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The Honourable Phil Reeves
Queenslanders set to make a splash at World Championships

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