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Tommaso
D'Orsogna
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
29 December 1990
Height
190 cm
Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Medicine, Science - University of Notre Dame Australia: Fremantle, WA, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two at his grandparents' farm in Pinjarra, WA, Australia.
Why this sport?
His sisters had started swimming.
Club / Team
University of Western Australia - West Coast: Australia
Name of coach
Michael Palfrey [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

General Interest

Nicknames
Tomato, Tommy (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010; london2012.olympics.com.au, 28 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Playing guitar, listening to music, playing video games. (digitaljournal.com, 18 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being named Western Australia Swimmer of the Year in 2014. (digitaljournal.com, 18 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (digitaljournal.com, 18 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Apart from the feeling of being in the water, I love the challenge it provides. Swimming is ultimately an individual sport, your result is dictated by how well you can perform on the day. You are in complete control of your performances and the responsibility is all on you. I love that success in the pool really comes down to being better than your previous best and that you constantly strive to be better than you were." (digitaljournal.com, 18 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Western Australia Swimmer of the Year in 2014. (digitaljournal.com, 18 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
His great-grandfather Ross McLarty was premier of Western Australia from 1947 to 1953. (olympics.org.au, 23 Mar 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thewest.com.au, 19 Dec 2016)
Other information
MEDICAL CAREER
Outside of sport he plans to become a doctor and follow in the footsteps of his father, Dr Luigi D'Orsogna, a paediatric cardiologist in Perth, WA, Australia. "Sometimes medical schools tend to not like having sons of doctors, they may be doing so under the assumption they are just following in their father's footsteps. For me, I see it as a real advantage, I have seen what medicine really is. I do not think it is like [medical television drama] Scrubs. I have seen medicine, I have seen what it takes to be a doctor." After missing out on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he was accepted onto a medical studies course at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, WA, Australia, for 2017. He plans to continue his swimming career while studying full-time through to 2021. "Medicine will be a big commitment next year, but I still want to stay in the water and see where I can go with my swimming." (thewest.com.au, 19 Dec 2016; goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 02 Nov 2016; smh.com.au, 25 Mar 2015)

OTHER STUDIES
He has also studied medical science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (Facebook profile, 17 Jul 2018)