BGS Swimming at 2018 Commonwealth Games


Congratulations BGS Director of Swim Coaching David Lush and BGS Swimming competitors Emily Seebohm, Minna Atherton, Laticia Transom, Ashleigh Gentle and former BGS Swimming member and BGS student Mitch Larkin on their incredible combined performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Lush said it was great to have a number of BGS rising stars join him on pool deck, in their capacity as Volunteer Games Shapers, including Alex Fenton and Hunter Pyne​​.

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Emily Seebohm (AUS) – Swimming

Seebohm has been training at BGS since 2015. At 25 years of age, she secured her 15th Commonwealth Games Medal, equaling Susie O'Neil as the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete ever (in any sport).

The women's backstroke events were always going to be the most competitive events on the swimming program, as all of the top five swimmers in the world are from England, Australia or Canada. Seebohm's times in the 100m and 200m backstroke would have placed gold and silver (respectively) at the Rio Olympics.

  • Gold – 50m Backstroke
  • Silver – 100m Backstroke – Games Record
  • Bronze – 200m Backstroke
  • Gold – 4x100m Medley Relay – Games Record


Mitch Larkin (AUS) – Swimming

Larkin set a record as the first swimmer to win every backstroke event and also the most individual gold medals for a swimmer at a single Commonwealth Games event.

  • Gold – 50m Backstroke
  • Gold – 100m Backstroke
  • Gold – 200m Backstroke
  • Gold – 200m IM – Australian Record
  • Gold – 4x100m Medley Relay


Minna Atherton (AUS) – Swimming

At 17 years of age, recently graduated Brisbane Girls Grammar School student Minna Atherton was team cheerleader for the first four days of competition. On day five, she reached the semi-finals of the 50m Backstroke – a great result for her first International Long Course Team.

  • 9th – 50m Backstroke


Laticia Transom (NZ) – Swimming

Transom has been training at BGS since 2014 and at 16 years of age, she was the youngest member of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team. Transom showed athletic maturity beyond her years, swimming four races and attaining four personal best times. Brisbane State High School student, Transom is now ranked as the fastest female sprinter in New Zealand.

  • 12th – 50m Freestyle
  • 13th – 100m Freestyle
  • 4th – 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • 6th – 4x100m Medley Relay


Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) – Triathlon

Gentle and her partner Josh, train at BGS between training camps in Europe and the US.

Gentle set herself up with a great swim and bike leg in the women's individual event; however, she was unable to close the gap between herself and the medal contenders in the final run leg.

Gentle found victory as part of the gold medal winning Australian Triathlon Team Relay event.

  • 5th – Women's Triathlon
  • Gold – AUS Mixed Team Triathlon