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Mack
Horton
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 April 1996
Height
190 cm
Weight
88 kg
Family
Partner Ella Walter
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - Australian Catholic University: Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
He began swimming to overcome his fear of water.
Club / Team
Melbourne Vicentre: Australia
Name of coach
Craig Jackson [club], RSA; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED
Training Regime
He swims on average 65km a week.

General Interest

Nicknames
The Knife (swimvortex.com, 10 Apr 2015)
Hobbies
Skating, photography, sailing, sleeping. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family and coach Craig Jackson. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (vis.org.au, 09 Apr 2014)
Injuries
He was battling a virus caused by a parasitic bug in 2015 that affected his performance at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (swimswam.com, 05 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything happens for a reason." (speedo.com.au, 30 Jan 2014)
Awards and honours
In June 2018 he was presented with the Nicole Livingstone trophy as the Victorian Swimmer of the Year for the 2017/18 season. He also claimed the John Marshall trophy for the freestyle event. (swimswam.com, 19 Jun 2018; vic.swimming.org.au, 19 Jun 2018)

He was named the 2014 Discovery of the Year by Swimming Australia. (swimswam.com, 23 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (smh.com.au, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
CONSIDERING TOKYO EVENTS
He had spent time training with Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri over 1500m freestyle ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but the inclusion of the 800m freestyle at Olympic level has made him reconsider. "With the 800m being added into the Olympic programme I was either going to have to go 200m-400m-800m or 400m-800m-1500m. I don't think many people know how to swim an 800m. It's not quite the 1500m settled rhythm, I think it's probably closer to a 400m sprint where you just have to hold on. I'm sure we'll [Paltrinieri] still train together. I can still get a bit of endurance from him. He could do with a bit more speed. We still complete each other." (smh.com.au, 24 Oct 2018; smh.com.au, 11 Apr 2018)