2017 Commonwealth Youth Games


Good luck to Sophie Caldwell who is currently in the Bahamas for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, along with Nunawading Head Coach Dean Bryant who was selected as a Team Coach for the trip.

The Games, which run from 19th-22nd July, involve athletes from 70 countries aged 14-18 years competing in 9 different sports.

After a staging camp on the Gold Coast and a long 24 hour trip to the sunny warm Bahamas, the team has attended the Opening ceremony and will begin racing today, 19th July.

Over the 4 days of competition Sophie is expected to race in the 100 backstroke (19th July), 400IM & 50 backstroke (20th July), 400 free (21st July) and 200IM (22nd July) as well as a number of relays.

You can keep up to date with Sophie, and the rest of the teams results at

Best of luck Sophie and Dean!


The first 2 days of competition in the Bahamas has seen some great results from Sophie.

Sophie swam a strong heat in the 400IM (4.53.60) to progress through to the final where she finished in 4th position in a time of 4.52.18.
In events we don’t often see Sophie compete in, she swam 2 PB’s in the heats of the 50 backstroke (31.77) and 100 backstroke (1.06.18).

The 400 free is up next, and Sophie will be hoping to build on her already strong results.

Congratulations to Sophie on a fantastic performance in the 400 free on day 3 of the meet where she claimed the Bronze medal in the event. Sophie swam a time of 4:17.76 taking almost 2 seconds off her previous PB time of 4:19.64 which she swam in the heats.

Sophie also competed in the 200IM on the last day of competition swimming a strong heat time (2:21.74) progressing her to the final where she finished 7th with a time of 2:20.19.


Congratulations to Sophie and coach Dean on an outstanding meet.