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Australian born ready to Swim for Cambodia.

By: Ken Gadaffi Posted: December-14-2011 in
Bethany Robertson ready to Swim for Cambodia
Ken Gadaffi

Australian Born Bethany Robertson is looking forward to be the next foreign based athelte to represent the Kingdom in International Circuit. The 16 Year Old Swimmer currently Attending Genazzano FCJ College in Victoria Australia has indicated interest to Represent Cambodia rather than her country of Residence.

Born to a Cambodian Mother and Australian Father, Bethany has taken part in well over 40 Championships in Australia.

According to the president of Surrey Park swimming Club Inc, the Club where Bethany is Presently training, Mr. John Robertson, Bethany is a State and National Age Group Champion in Distance events and sees her as a prospect for Cambodia Swimming.

In an Email Sent to the NOCC to inquire about Bethany's eligibility, John Robertson highlighted, Bethany's impressive Swimming records which has seen her emerge 10 times as champion of her age grade competition especially in the long distance swimming.

"Within our club we have a young female distance swimmer (Bethany Robertson) whose mother is Cambodian by birth. Bethany is a state and national age group champion in distance events and I am inquiring about whether there is a process by which Bethany could be considered for selection as a representative for Cambodia" Wrote John Robertson.

In reaction to the inquiry, NOCC Secretagy General Mr. Vath Chamroeun is delighted to have more foreign based Khmer athletes willing to represent the country as long as they meet the standard.

"We welcome Khmer athletes based abroad if they meet the standard expected of them, We have to check her records against the top athletes at the last SEA games and if she has good timming, we would be happy to invite her" Says Vath Chamroeun.

Meanwhile Secretary General of Cambodian Swimming Federation, Mr Hem Thon haven seen Bethany's Records is confident that she would be a good prospect in the future as her records in the Long Distance Swimming is quite impressive.

"She should be able to make it into the National Team" He stated. "Its unfortunate that we discovered her too late, her personal best in the long distance could have earned her a gold in the Last SEA Games" he noted. "We will be having about four championships next year and would extend invitation to her to try out, should she be good enough, we would be happy to have her in the team for the future SEA Games, Asian Games and probably Olympics" Asserted Hem Thon.

Some of BETHANY' S Records

High School & Club Team Recognitions
Year Team/Organization
Recognition
2011 Australian Open Water Championships 1st 5km (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Australian Open Water Championships 1st 10km (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Australian Age Championships (Long Course) 6th 800m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Australian Age Championships (Long Course) 8th 400m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 1st 400m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 2nd 800m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 2nd Victorian 200m Back (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 3rd Victorian 400m IM (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 5th 200m Butterfly (Girls 16 Years)
2011 Victorian State Age Championships (Long Course) 6th 200m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 South Australia State Championships (Long Course) 1st 800m Free (Girls 16-18 Years)
2011 South Australia State Championships (Long Course) 2nd 800m Free (Open Women)
2011 South Australia State Championships (Long Course) 1st 400m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2011 South Australia State Championships (Long Course) 3rd 400m Free (Open Women)
2011 South Australia State Championships (Long Course) 3rd 200m Free (Girls 16 Years)
2010 Victorian State Open Water Championships 1st 5km (Girls 15 Years)
2010 Victorian State Open Water Championships 1st 10km (Girls 15 Years)
2010 Australian Open Water Championships 1st 10km (Girls 15 Years)
2009 Flowers International 1 mile Sea Swim 1st Female Overall
2010 Flowers International 1 mile Sea Swim 2nd Female Overall
2010/11 Surrey Park Swimming Club Vice Captain
2011/12 Surrey Park Swimming Club Captain
2011 Swimming Australia (National Body) National Youth Squad
2011/12 Swimming Victoria (State Body) Open Water Touring Team
2010/11 Swimming Victoria (State Body) Open Water Touring Team
2010 Swimming Australia (National Body) Youth Performance Squad (Gold Level)
2009 Swimming Australia (National Body) Youth Performance Squad (Gold Level)

Long Course Times
Stroke Distance Time

Freestyle 1500m 17:38.73
Freestyle 800m 9:16.63
Freestyle 400m 4:30.90
Freestyle 200m 2:13.23
Freestyle 100m 1:03.62
Freestyle 50m 30.75
Backstroke 200m 2:27.64
Backstroke 100m 1:11.48
Backstroke 50m 35.02
Butterfly 200m 2:33.11
Butterfly 100m 1:12.60
Butterfly 50m 32.62
Breaststroke 200m 2:54.30
Breaststroke 100m 1:20.95
Individual Medley 400m 5:12.48
Individual Medley 200m 2:32.23
Open Water 10km 2.09:00
Open Water 5km 1.01:00

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