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Tommaso
D'Orsogna
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
29 December 1990
Height
190 cm
Weight
82 kg
Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Medicine, Science - University of Queensland [AUS] / Notre Dame University [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.
Name of coach
Ashley Callus [personal], AUS, from 2016; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

General Interest

Nicknames
Tomato, Tommy (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010; london2012.olympics.com.au, 28 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Playing video games, listening to music, reading, playing guitar. (Instagram profile, 14 Jul 2017; news.anu.edu.au, 26 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen" [Michael Jordan]. (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010)
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 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thewest.com.au, 19 Dec 2016)
Other information
MEDICINE 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)