HBF Stadium Outdoor Pool will host the pool swimming and water polo events. As the the only venue in the world to host two FINA World Championships (1991 and 1998), Challenge Stadium has a rich history in aquatic sport.
At the 1991 FINA World Championships Australia won three gold medals with Haley Lewis, Linley Frame and Shelley Taylor-Smith making the most of the home advantage, as well as a young Kieren Perkins winning silver in the 1500m freestyle.
At the 1998 World Championships Australia finished third on the medal tally with a total of seven gold medals as Michael Klim was named swimmer of the meet and a 15-year-old Ian Thorpe became the youngest ever world champion winning the 400m freestyle.
The Australian women’s water polo team also picked up bronze on their way to becoming Olympic champions in Sydney two years later.