Rachel Goh Pin
Courtesy of: Rachel Goh
BARCELONA, Spain, July 18. IN one of the coolest international swimming traditions around, Swimming Australia pinned four more swimmers at their staging camp prior to the World Championships in Barcelona later this month.

Rookie international team members are presented with a swimmer pin number -- a number given to each swimmer that has represented Australia on a major senior Australian swim team. The Aussies are now up to a lofty 732 international representatives in the storied history of the nation.

This week in Barcelona, Chelsea Gubecka, Simon Huitenga, Alexander Graham and Ami Matsuo were presented with pin numbers 729, 730, 731 and 732 respectively.


Nearly 100 swimmers and five years ago, Rachel Goh earned her pin in 2008 and is No. 661 overall. She graciously provided Swimming World with a great picture of her prized pin.

"Receiving the pin came at a surprise to me and was actually awarded two years after my first Australian team," Goh told Swimming World."The timing didn't matter though! Receiving the pin was a special moment and honor to realize you have a place in history with the other previous and future generations of Australian swimmers. Knowing that people you have admired throughout your life/career/childhood hold the same pin with their own individual Number is a pretty special moment and realization. No one can take that away from you."

For a trip down memory lane, check out the full roster of pinned swimmers. Ian Thorpe, the most decorated Australian Olympian, is No. 494, while the legendary Dawn Fraser, the first to win the same event three times at an Olympics, was No. 86.