2023 Country Swimming Championships - Event Ambassador
Swimming Northern Territory is proud to announce Chelsea Hodges as the 2023 Country Swimming Championships Event Ambassador. Chelsea is Australian Dolphin number 815, after beginning her swimming journey in the QLD regional town of Biloela, approximately 3hour west of Bundaberg, before moving to the Gold Coast at the age of 8.
Chelsea made her first Australian Age Final at 12 swimming in the combined 12-13 age group in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing 4th, before returning at 13, to win the title. Then subsequently winning that event at 14yrs, 15yrs and 16yrs (even coming 3rd in the 200 at 16) before making a foray into the Open Champs in 2019 at 17yrs of age, finishing 2nd in the 50, and 4th in the 100.
Chelsea made her first international team for Australia in 2017 at the World Junior Champs in Indianapolis, USA at the age of 16, following that up with a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018 for the Youth Olympics, nabbing the silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke and Medley Relay.
After the COVID layoff, Chelsea qualified for and represented Australia at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, having won the trials in Adelaide in a new PB for the 100m Breaststroke - 1:05.99. Finishing 9th, missing the final by an agonising 0.01sec, Chelsea 2 days later was an integral part of the women’s 4 x 100 Medley relay team that won Gold and broke the Olympic Record.
Further to this, in 2022 Chelsea represented Australia at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games claiming a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke as well as Gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. Finishing off 2022 in style, Chelsea represented Australia at the Fina World Short Course Championships in Melbourne, where as part of the Australian Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay, Chelsea was able to win Gold and break the World Record.
Chelsea is an incredible swimmer and an even better person and we are delighted to have Chelsea as the 2023 Country Swimming Championships Event Ambassador.