The New Zealand swim team heads to Rome for the World Championships with head coach Jan Cameron believing the nine-strong squad is well prepared tomeet their goals in the week-long event.
The squad has just completed their preperations at their camp in Teramo, a two and a half -hour drive from Rome.
The contest will be white-hot in one of the world most competitive sports, with 180 nations competing in Rome and under the spotlight after a plethora of world records in virtually every stroke and distance over the past 18 months.
Swim suits remain the talking point ahead of the championships with FINA allowing all of them for these world championships ahead of new regulations to be brought in by the world governing body next January.
Cameron says with all the suits available, it's an even playing field which is the important thing.
New Zealand has never won a world long course title and only 4 New Zealanders have got world championship medals.
The key chances lie with the Moss Burmester, Corney Swanepoel and Glenn Snyders along with the men's medley relay combination that finished fifth at the Beijing
The Championships start on Sunday night.