When the Australian Dolphins announced their 36-athlete roster for the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2022 one name in particular resonated with the hosts: Melbourne native Sam Williamson.
Sam Williamson got his swimming start with the Firbank Aquastars, before moving over to the Melbourne Vicentre. which is based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre (MSAC) - the home pool to the upcoming short course world championships.
Considered one of the most successful swimming clubs in Australia, the club's coaching roster is headed up by Barcelona 1992 Olympian Craig Jackson.
Look for Williamson to be busy in Melbourne as the 24-year-old specialises in the 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay.
He was selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where he competed in the men's 50m breaststroke, reaching the final and winning a silver medal. He also reached the final of the 100m breaststroke where he won bronze.
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In August, he competed at the 2022 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships, held in Sydney. At the national championships, Williamson won golds in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 200m breaststroke.
Williamson is one of six athletes who will be racing alongside fellow Victorian athletes Mack Horton, Jenna Strauch, Matt Temple, David Schlicht and Brendon and Mikayla Smith at the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which run from 13-18 December 2022.
Joining Williamson will be more than 1,000 world-class swimmers from over 180 countries as they compete across the six days of action-packed racing.