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Jake PACKARD
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born20 Jun 1994 in Penrith, AUS
Height1.95 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Animal Science, Zoology - University of the Sunshine Coast: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age 12.
Why this sport?
He learned to swim after an accident at age four led to him having to be rescued from the bottom of his backyard pool.
Club / Team
USC Spartans Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
Chris Mooney [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, supporting Australian rugby league club Penrith Panthers, and Australian rules football club Greater Western Sydney Giants. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020, 12 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the men's 4x100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Injuries
In 2015 he suffered groin and hip problems due to over-training. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 17 Jul 2015)

At age 16 he suffered a broken wrist. The injury required surgery and he did not swim for five months. (asmtalent.com.au, 01 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't count the metres, make the metres count." [Coach Chris Mooney] (swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Sportsperson of the Year by the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. (swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
Outside of sport, he hopes to become a marine biologist. (swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an executive board member of the Australian Swimmers Association [ASA]. He has also been an ambassador for conservation group Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA]. "I'm passionate about any activity that involves the RSPCA. It's something close to my heart and I have a real passion for animals." (Instagram profile, 16 May 2021; australianswimmers.com.au, 01 Jan 2020; rspcaqld.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 59.48
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 59.44
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.08
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:07.86
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.54
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 27.17
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.86
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 59.90
4 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 27.35
1 2019 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.77
7 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:00.58
6 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 27.42
2 2019 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.19
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.42