Swimming Athlete of the Year goes to Talika Irvine
September 29, 2021
Congratulations to Talika Irvine, the 2020-21 Swimming Athlete of the Year!
Talika Irvine has made tremendous improvements in the pool over the past year, leading to her selection into the Swimming NSW Sharks Squad.
Talika made the finals in three events at the Australian Age Swimming Championships, claiming bronze in the 400m Individual Medley.
“My goal this year was to make the top 10 in Australia,” Talika Irvine said. “I was trilled to do it on the first night at Nationals and go one better by medalling.”
The 15-year-old won the 400m IM at the NSW Senior State Age Championships. At the NSW Country Championships she won gold in the 200m Backstroke and 200m IM, and claimed silver in the 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and the 100m Breaststroke.
“People like Emma McKeon inspire and motivate me to continue on my journey in swimming. The next goal of mine is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games trials next year,” Irvine said.
The 2021 Swimming Athlete of the Year runner-up was Bailey Crehan. Bailey was finalist in three events at the Australian Age Championships and was selected into the Swimming NSW Silver Shark Squad. At the NSW Senior State Age Championships, he collected silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, 200m IM and 400m IM.
Congratulations Talika and Bailey on your fantastic achievements!