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Mitch
Larkin
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 July 1993
Height
188 cm
Weight
74 kg
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
He became involved with the sport when his third grade school teacher encouraged him to join the weekly school swimming club.
Club / Team
St Peters Western: Australia
Name of coach
Dean Boxall [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED
Training Regime
He swims between 60 and 70 kilometres a week.

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Shanghai, CHN

General Interest

Hobbies
Rugby. (swimming.org.au, 28 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in 200m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from glandular fever in 2010. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The will to win is the will to prepare to win. The harder you work, the sweeter the victory." (engineswim.com, 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 01 Feb 2016)

He was recognised with the Swimmer's Swimmer of the Year award at the 2015 Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards. (swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)
Other information
REDUCED VISION
He is short-sighted but does not swim with the aid of contact lenses. "I'm short-sighted [myopic], so backstroke flags are fine but anything outside of five metres becomes quite blurry. I often touch the wall and don't know my time or position so I sometimes have to ask. Slowly, my eyes are getting a lot worse." He admits that his reduced vision can also be used as a positive, allowing him to remain focused at the biggest events. "I don't get distracted by the crowd because I can't really see it. The 2015 Kazan World Championships was a massive crowd. The 2016 Rio Olympics, same thing. I could just stay focused on what I could see which was what's around me, in the five meter radius." (fina.org, 30 Oct 2018)

CHANGE OF COACH
In September 2016 he announced that he was ending his nine-year partnership with St Peter's Western Swim Club and coach Michael Bohl. After trialling with several coaches, in January 2017 he joined coach Simon Cusack at Commercial Swimming Club in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. However, after seven months training under Cusack, he decided to return to St Peters Western and train with coach Dean Boxall. (swimswam.com, 28 Jan 2017; swimswam.com, 15 Sep 2016; theaustralian.com.au, 09 Sep 2017)