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South Australian Hall of Fame Induction - Phil Rogers

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Phil Rogers (OAM) inducted into

South Australian Sport Hall of Fame

24th November 2017

SwimmingSA Hall of Fame Member Phil Rogers has been inducted into the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame at the 2017 South Australian Sports Awards held at Adelaide oval on Friday 24th November 2017.

SwimmingSA is pleased to congratulate Phil Rogers on his induction to this illustrious group. Phil is the second swimmer inducted into the Hall of Fame joining Paralympian Matthew Cowdrey and 50 other successful and influential SA Sports identities.

Induction into the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame represents the highest level of recognition of the outstanding achievements of SA’s greatest athletes and general members. Nominations can be for athletes, teams and general members who each identify as a South Australian. Athletes and teams must have competed at the top level of their sport and general members will be selected for excellence and outstanding achievements in roles supporting athletes' participation.

Philip Rogers is considered one of the success stories of Australian Breaststroke swimming of the 1990’s. At the age of just 13, Phil had already set a goal to swim for Australia. At 17 Phil was coached by Terry Gathercole at the Australian Institute of Sport who was a specialist Breaststroke coach, a former Olympic medallist and a world record holder in the 100m Breaststroke event. Phil specialised in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke swimming events and held Australian records in both these events. He became one of the first holders of a SASI Scholarship, where he was eventually coached by Olympic silver medallist Glenn Beringen. In 1989 at the age of 17, he won his first senior national title in the 100m Breaststroke.

In 1992 Phil was selected for the Barcelona Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke, and set two Australian records in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events. In 1996, Phil was selected in the Olympic team for the Atlanta Olympic Games, where he won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay. He also represented Australia at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where at 29, he was the oldest member of the Australian team and was the only Australian representative in the 100m Breaststroke.

During his career, Phil has held every Australian Open Breaststroke record. He was the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in the 100m Breaststroke since Peter Evans won Bronze in Los Angeles in 1984. Phil is a dual Olympic bronze medal winner, and a 13 years veteran of the Telstra Dolphins Australian Swimming Team. Phil was the first Australian swimmer to compete in four World Long Course Championships 1991,1994,1998 and 2001. He has become South Australia’s “stand out” swimmer, collecting 23 Australian Open Championships, and was named Australian Breaststroke Swimmer of the Year four times.  

View the full list of Hall of Fame Members Here: http://www.sportsa.org.au/sport-awards/hall-of-fame-and-legends

View the full list of SwimmingSA Hall of Fame Members Here: https://sa.swimming.org.au/hall-of-fame.html

Further information on Swimming SA can be found on our website www.swimmingsa.org.au or email admin@sa.swimming.org.au.


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