Ipswich Olympic swimmer Leah Neale.
Ipswich Olympic swimmer Leah Neale. David Nielsen

Our Leah off to swim for Australia at the Rio Olympics

IPSWICH is tonight celebrating another Olympic achiever with swimmer Leah Neale qualifying for the Rio Games later this year.

Neale, 20, was tonight named the 27th member of the Australian Dolphins national team heading to Brazil.

After finishing fourth in her 200m and 400m freestyle events in Adelaide earlier this week, Neale was tonight confirmed in the world-class national team.

She'll contest the 4x200m freestyle relay in Rio.

It will be the Newtown-based swimmer's first Olympics after working so hard in recent months to qualify.

She's already represented Australia at world championship level, sharing in Australia's 4x200m relay bronze medal at the short course titles in Doha in December, 2014.

However, the Olympics is what she has targeted for so long, having been an outstanding junior talent.

In recent months, the former CYMS St Edmund's swimmer switched to the University of Sunshine Coast Spartans club to fine-tune for the Australian titles and Olympic trials in Adelaide over the past eight days.

The move has paid off with a glowing Neale accepting her ticket to Rio at tonight's official team presentation in South Australia.

She is one of 19 women on the 34-strong Dolphins team expected to be a force at the Rio Olympics.


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