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Swimming sensation Isaac Cooper off to Paris

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Isaac Cooper of Queensland reacts after winning the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final during the 2024 Australian Swimming Trials at Brisbane Aquatic Centre on June 11, 2024. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Bundaberg-born swimming sensation Isaac Cooper has been selected to represent Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics, burgeoning his dream to become the world’s fastest man on water.

The 20-year-old joins a 41-strong Australian swimming team, which was selected by the Australia Olympic Committee on the final night of trials this week in Brisbane.

Isaac claimed victory in the 100m backstroke at the Australian Olympic trials in Brisbane in a time of 53.46. He finished third in the 50m freestyle.

Paris 2024 will be the second time Isaac has competed at the Olympics, and his dream started right here in the Bundaberg Region at Fairymead Swimming Club, under coaches Paul Simms and Scott Hamlet.

Bundaberg Mayor Helen Blackburn congratulated Issac on his selection in the Australian team.

“Congratulations to Isaac Cooper, what a great effort, he is in the Olympics for Paris and we could not be prouder,” Mayor Blackburn said.

“Well done, Isaac, well done to your family and it was great you started your career in swimming right here at the Fairymead Club.

“We are just ecstatic that you have made a spot in the Paris Olympics.

“From everyone here in the Bundaberg Region, and from Bundaberg Regional Council, congratulations and well done.

“We look forward to more success in Paris.”

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Isaac Cooper of Team Australia competes in heat one of the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

According to Australian Olympic Committee Isaac loves to go fast in the pool and his dream is to be the world’s fastest man on water.

“I would love to one day become the fastest man in the world,” he said.

“Whether it happens this year or in 10 years.”

Head Coach Rohan Taylor congratulated the team on their selection.

“This has been an outstanding Australian Swimming Trials at Brisbane Aquatic Centre – with so many quality swimmers competing fiercely for limited spots,” Rohan said.

“Congratulations to every single Dolphin selected for Paris 2024 – you have earned your place on the Australian Swimming Team and congratulations also to your friends, families, coaches and supporters – all of you have been part of this Olympic achievement.

“This is a team that will do Australia proud – in and out of the pool – and we can’t wait to see competition unfold in Saint-Denis at the Centre Aquatique Olympique and in the Seine.”

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