Minna Atherton

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Minna Atherton

Minna started competitive swimming when she was 10 years old after her primary school PE teacher suggested she started training after she was doing well at school carnivals. 2 years later at just 12 years old, Minna won the Australian Age Nationals, breaking the Australian Age Record in the process under Coach, David Lush. 

At Age 14, Minna was the youngest swimmer selected onto the Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team which gave her great experience for the 2015 Junior World Championships a year later. Here, she won 3 Gold and 3 Silver Medals and broke the World Junior Record in the 100 back. Later in her career, she has added the 50 m Backstroke Junior World Record to her impressive list of achievements.

Minna ‘s first Senior International was the 2016 FINA World Short Course Championships in Canada where again, she gained the experience of travel and high class competition.

Minna decided to withdraw from major international competitions in 2017 in order to focus more on academic study and enjoying her last year of school. This break from competition paid off when she not only qualified for the Commonwealth Games but was awarded one of the Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarships for Bond University, where she is now studying Biomedical science.

Her focus is now training for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

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