Makes waves to score Paralympics’ selection

BANKSTOWN Sports athlete Yasmine-Bella Younes has been quietly making waves in pools around the world and has her sights set next on the 2024 Para World Championship Trials in June.

Hoping to be named in the Australian Paralympic team to compete at Paris in August, the 17-year-old most recently competed in women’s multi-class events at the 2023 Australian Short Course Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, including the 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, and 100m Freestyle, finishing with two bronze medals.
In November 2022, Yasmine-Bella was named on the Australian team to compete at the Oceania Asia Virtus Games in Brisbane, an international multi-sport competition for elite athletes with intellectual impairment, where she medalled in the relay event.
Her next challenge will be the State Age Championships in December, followed by the Metropolitan Championships in February and State Open in March.
She will then tackle the Australian Age Championships in April, before facing the world’s best para-athletes at the Para World Trials in June.
Yasmine-Bella’s mum Marie says she dreams of representing Australia at the Paralympics.
“She is extremely dedicated, swimming in five sessions and doing three strength sessions a week,” Marie said.
“She is also great with children and has just completed a Certificate 3 in childcare studies and will next study for the diploma.”
Marie thanked Bankstown Sports for their support of Yasmine-Bella as she builds her professional swimming career, as well as providing funding support for the swimming club for team jackets, polos, airfares, computer software upgrades, swim caps, coaching and trophies for the end of year presentation.
“We would love to see her achieve her dreams as she is a talented swimmer who works very hard and deserves success,” Marie said.