Australia’s 32-strong team of Para-swimmers to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics contains 15 debutants and some of the finest Paralympic swimmers in history.
Among those named by Paralympics Australia are six-time gold medallist and winner of 15 Paralympic medals Ellie Cole, seven-time medallist Matthew Levy, and Brenden Hall, who has won six Para-swimming medals including three golds so far.
Also among those named were Lakeisha Patterson, winner of six medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics including two golds, and Tiffany Thomas Kane, who won four medals in Rio including one gold.
Levy, 34, is the most senior member of the team and will now prepare to compete at his fifth Paralympics, having started his Paralympic journey at Athens in 2004.
The youngest member of the team is 15-year-old Isabella Vincent, who qualified in front of her home crowd at the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials in Adelaide.
The Para-swimming team for Tokyo 2020 was introduced by Australian Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin at the completion of the trials.
"What we know from previous Games is that swimming often sets the barometer for other sports in which we compete," McLoughlin said.
"In Rio, our 36 swimmers brought home 29 medals, including nine gold, an inspiring outcome that formed the foundation of Australia’s top-five finish at the Games.
"This particular group has faced a lot of adversity in the past year or so.
"Yet, through their resilience and desire, and with exemplary support from Swimming Australia, they will head to Japan as ready as they could possibly be to compete at their best."
Paralympics Australia chief executive Lynne Anderson said: "Since the first Paralympics, in Rome in 1960, Australian swimmers have won 420 medals, including 128 gold, 150 silver and 142 bronze.
"We sit fifth on the all-time gold medal tally in Para-swimming and third in total medals won, behind only Great Britain and the United States."