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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 June 1994
180 cm
Adelaide, SA, AUS
Higher education
Business, Event Management, Sports Management - Griffith University: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She has been swimming her whole life as it was part of the culture where she grew up in Noosa, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
Although she has been swimming since a young age it was not until age 12 that she began competing and fell in love with the sport.
Club / Team
Marion Swim Club: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Peter Bishop [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Brit, Britty, Bidz (, 08 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her first coach Michael Sage. (, 07 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Australian swimmers Jodie Henry and Libby Trickett, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (, 13 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What you put into it is a perfect reflection of what you want out of it." (, 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star of the Year in 2016 in Australia. (, 27 Jan 2017)

She was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia's top athletes. (, 21 Oct 2014)

She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the 2014 Australia Day Honours list. Her fellow 4x100m gold medallists from the 2012 Olympic Games in London also received the honour. (, 26 Jan 2014)

She and the rest of the Australian women's 4x100 freestyle relay team were named the winners of the Golden Moment of the Year at the 2012 Australian Swimming Awards for winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 26 Nov 2012)

She was named Discovery of the Year by the Australian Sports Commission in 2012. (Swimming Australia, 24 Nov 2012)
Other sports
She has participated in surf lifesaving at national level in Australia. At state level, she has competed in water polo, basketball and karate. She has also taken part in triathlons. (, 2012)
Famous relatives
Her brother David has also represented Australia in swimming. Her mother and her uncle also competed at the Commonwealth Games. (, 02 Apr 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 17 Jun 2018)
Other information
In May 2018 she decided to move from her long-time base in Brisbane to Adelaide, SA, Australia. "Moving swimming clubs and coaches is never personal, certainly not for me. As I have gotten older I've taken more ownership of my career. At the end of the day, it is my job after all. And when you are in the same job for 15 years, sometimes you need a change to freshen things up. I have always said I wanted to go to three Olympics. And I started noticing myself lacking that enjoyment for swimming. I wanted to find a way to get myself through the next two year Olympic cycle ahead of Tokyo 2020." (, 17 Jun 2018;, 09 May 2018)

She has studied nutritional science at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (, 07 Aug 2016)

In May 2015 she had a benign tumour removed from her breast. The surgery and after effects meant that she withdrew from selection consideration for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. "I won't lie, the breast cancer scare is still a bit surreal for me. When I was going through it, it was all in the moment. And being so young, I almost didn't really know how to process it because I was just like, 'Oh this is bizarre'.” You don't ever believe something like that can happen to you. That whole experience, I will eventually speak out in greater detail when the time is right and I hope one day I can help other people who find themselves in that position." (, 17 Jun 2018;, 10 Dec 2016;, 13 Jun 2015;, 14 Jun 2015)

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