Hannah Burkhill has been added to the Australian artistic swimming team for the Tokyo Olympic Games following the retirement of Rose Stackpole. Australia established its artistic swimming side in February, with Rio 2016 Olympians Hannah Cross, Emily Rogers, Stackpole, and Amie Thompson called in the team.
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Jane Fruzynski, Kiera Gazzard, Kirsten Kinash, and Rachel Presse are due to make their Olympic entrances. All eight were due to compete together in the team event, with Thompson and Stackpole also scheduled to compete in the duet. Stackpole announced her retirement from the sport in August, with Burkhill now added to the Australian team for Tokyo Olympic.
“This is a vision come true, I’ve required this for so long,” Burkhill supposed.
In 2012 I had just ongoing rival and I was so happy to see the Olympic Side in person in their lead-up and viewing them compete at the London Olympics. I still can’t trust I’ll be at my Games next year. It’s been such a crazy year and this instant is so happy but also poignant.
“Afterward just missing out on the early selection in February, I’m so glad to have another chance but sad that Rose won’t be with the side next year.
At Tokyo Olympic, I just want to put collected a swim that our public, supporters, and country can be proud of. Burkhill was a member of the side that competed at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju in South Korea, where Australia aided seal their place at the Olympic 2020 Games.
Australia is due to be one of 10 nations rival in the side competition at the suspended Olympic 2020 Games. The Australian side will compete against hosts Japan, Egypt, Canada, Russia, China, and Ukraine. Three other countries will qualify for the Olympic 2020 Games.
“Congratulations to Hannah for being selected to her debut Olympic Team today,” supposed Ian Chesterman, Australia’s Chef de Mission.
Hannah has worked incredibly hard to be in the position she is in today and her selection is a testament to her dedication and persistence. I am sure it is a moment that is being celebrated by her family and friends as well. I also want to thank Rose for her contribution to artistic swimming and the Australian Olympic Team in Rio.
Rose made a brave decision to retire, never an easy one with a squad spot secured. But this has now provided an thrilling opportunity for Hannah to make her Olympic debut, an chance I am sure she will make the most of.
I know Hannah will do her colleagues, family, supporters, coaches, and the Australian Olympic Squad proud in Tokyo. Stackpole has commended Burkhill on securing the place in the Australian side for the Games and fortified her to make the most of the knowledge.
“My advice for Hannah is to enjoy every moment of your Tokyo Olympic experience,” Stackpole said.
Whether it’s walking into the Village, the Opening Ceremony, your first day of competition – there are so many overwhelming positive experiences, try to take in as much as possible. I know Hannah and the team will put in a performance they will be proud of. I took a lot of time thinking about whether to retire, but I was ready to move on and I’m so lucky to go out on my terms. Everyone on the team and in my community has been supportive, I couldn’t ask for anything more.