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Grant Hackett out for the Games

14 Nov 05 00:00
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14 November 2005

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games CEO John Harnden today wished Grant Hackett a speedy recovery after hearing the news of his withdrawal from competing at the Games in Melbourne next year due to a shoulder injury.

However, Mr Harnden stressed while Hackett’s withdrawal was disappointing for the Games - and indeed all Australians who have followed his stellar career – the Games would still feature one of the strongest swimming competitions in Commonwealth Games history.

“There will be world-champion swimmers from across Australia and around the Commonwealth competing in Melbourne in March 2006,” he said.

“For example, the men’s 100m freestyle event will be a banner event, expected to feature Ian Thorpe, former world record-holder Michael Klim, former world short-course champion Ashley Callus, and South African champions Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling.

“Selection trials are yet to take place, but, we remain confident the swimming program at the Games next year will produce numerous world records, individual highlights and amazing head-to-head clashes.”

The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.

For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to www.melbourne2006.com.au.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Michelle Coffey
Program Manager- Media and Publicity
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
03 9613 20060400 914 516
michelle.coffey@melbourne2006.com.au

Simon Frost
Program Manager – Issues and Public Liaison
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
03 9613 2006
0419 495 468
simon.frost@melbourne2006.com.au

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