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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born01 Feb 1995 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming seriously at age 14.
Why this sport?
He played rugby union [15-a-side] before he decided to focus on swimming. "I played a lot of rugby and tried my hand at anything and was pretty good at most things. I wanted to play sport when I was older and represent Australia. I had to choose between swimming and rugby. I broke my collarbone playing rugby and I realised, 'I'm not getting much bigger, these boys are getting huge'. So I turned my attention to swimming."
Club / Team
Chandler Swimming Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Vince Raleigh [club, national], AUS; Rohan Taylor [national]; Craig Jackson [national], RSA
General Interest
Wakeboarding, playing computer games. (swimming.org.au, 15 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimming.org.au, 15 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Challenge the [coach's] whiteboard - I try to do that every day. I love to always try to challenge Vince Raleigh and tell him I can do better than that. I never say die." (smh.com.au, 20 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming Australia Awards. (Australian Dolphins Swim Team, Facebook page, 28 Oct 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportingnews.com, 21 Apr 2020)
Other information
He believes his mental strength makes up for what he lacks in height compared to some of his opponents. "It wasn't until I got a bit older I realised that it [height] doesn't really matter. What matters most is in here, your heart. I kept ticking away and the thing most people underestimate in swimming is your mental power. I pride myself on being one of the mentally strongest swimmers out there, I believe that if I want to achieve something, I can get it." (smh.com.au, 20 Jul 2019)

He works as a national ambassador for the Australian Junior Excellence Program, which helps to nurture up-and-coming swimmers. "As a kid I took part in JX [Junior Excellence], and it was something I was proud of. So to be able to give back to junior swimming and help these young swimmers is something I'm very passionate about. If you were able to reach a gold or silver standard time you really felt like you were achieving something special, and you'd wear your cap around the pool like a badge of honour." (bioisland.com.au, 01 Mar 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:43.52
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 7:45.00
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:56.98
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 14:56.02
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 15:04.64
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 7:42.64
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:45.19
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:01.55
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 7:53.51
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 55:05.8
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:42.9