The 2017 Deaflympics get underway today 20th July in Samsun, Turkey. Nunawading would like to wish Alex Kirchner the best of luck who will be competing at the event. Alex is joined by coach Mel Klamt as well as Alex’s dad Brent who is supporting the team as team manager.
The games which will run from 18th-30th July is the 23rd Summer Deaflympic Games, and with over 190 athletes from 37 different countries competing in the swimming component of the Games, it is set to be a fantastic event.
The swimming will kick off today 20th July, and will run over 6 days with Alex competing in the Mixed Free Relay & 50 Back (20th July), 200 Back (22nd July), 200 Free (24th July), 50 Free & 100 Back (25th July)
You can keep up to date with Alex’s results at http://deaflympics2017.org/en/sport/swimming-results/55 and watch the event via live streaming at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4F_NB0NgMfExUZIizCPBmA
Mel is also keeping us up to date via the Nuna Facebook page
Good Luck Alex and Mel!
Day one has started well with Alex making the final of the Mens 50 backstroke, where he finished in 4th place in a time of 27.86.
All events at the Deaflympics are Open aged, so to finish 4th at just 14 years of age is a great feat.
Alex also competed in the heats of the mixed 4 x 100 free relay.
Good luck for the rest of the meet!
Day three of the meet saw Alex compete in the mens 200 Backstroke, where he finished in 6th place overall in a PB time of 2:12.17
After a rest day for the swimming events it was back to the pool for Alex on day five of the meet. Alex finished 13th overall in the mens 200 Free, in an Australian deaf record with a time of 2:06.27 and shaving 0.39 seconds off his PB time.
Well done Alex!
Day six saw the final day of racing for Alex. After a great heat swim in the mens 100m backstroke, Alex was able to step up yet again and finish in 4th place overall in the final with an impressive time of 59.99.
It has been an outstanding meet for the 14 year old and we look forward to seeing what’s in stall for the future.
Well done Alex and coach Mel on a fantastic meet!!