Swim stars make bid for Games

LIVERPOOL Swimming Club’s Shane Kingsbury, Tim Georgiou, and Ryan Clay, are striving to become the first male swimmers since Michael Wenden to make an Australian Commonwealth Games team.

Wenden, now 64, grew up in Liverpool, and went to three Commonwealth Games, in 1966, 1970 and 1974, and two Olympics, in 1968 and 1972.

Wenden is the only Liverpool swimmer to win medals at Olympic and Commonwealth Games level.

Kingsbury, 22, Georgiou, 24, and Clay, 21, compete at the national titles and Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection trials in Brisbane on Monday.

They train at the Whitlam Leisure Centre.

Landscape design architect Kingsbury is a butterfly specialist.

Armaguard officer Georgiou, is a 50 metres and 100 metres breaststroke competitor, and lifeguard Clay is a 100 metres and 200 metres breaststroker and individual medley swimmer.

Georgiou said he Kingsbury and Clay are excited ahead of the trials.

‘‘All we can promise is to do our best and see what happens,’’ Georgiou said.

Clay said his focus is to make the finals.

Kingsbury said doing well against top competition is his aim.

‘‘We like to fly or swim under the radar,’’ he said.

Liverpool Swimming Club coach Benjamin Tuxford said the trio enter the meeting in good shape.

‘‘We have one eye on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and two eyes on the 2016 Rio Olympics,’’ Tuxford said.

‘‘Whatever the trio do in Brisbane they will be better for the experience.’’

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