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Mack
Horton
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 April 1996
Height
190 cm
Weight
88 kg
Occupation
Athlete, Student
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 win a gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (theaustralian.com.au, 31 Jul 2017)
Other information
BEE STING
In March 2018, a month before the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, he suffered a bee sting. "I got stung by a bee the other day in training and my whole arm has blown up. My tricep doesn't exist anymore, my elbow doesn't exist anymore. I put my arm up on the edge [of the pool] and it's gone bang! I assume [I'm allergic to bees] now. I haven't been tested but this pretty much says 'yes', Because I don't have my glasses on [while training] I'm really cautious now and looking out everywhere just in case." (swimswam.com, 26 Mar 2018)