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Zac STUBBLETY-COOK
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born04 Jan 1999 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.81 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Psychology - Griffith University: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four. "I think I started to take swimming really seriously probably when I was about 14 or 15."
Why this sport?
"I was terrified of the water until about four years old, so I learned to swim just for water safety. By the time I was nine, I loved swimming."
Club / Team
Chandler Swim Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Vince Raleigh [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking, coffee, baking, photography, barbecues. (Instagram profile, 03 May 2021; swimming.org.au, 11 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Glen Howsman. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (couriermail.com.au, 25 Oct 2021; Sporting News Australia YouTube channel, 06 Aug 2021)
Injuries
In 2015 he had surgery to remove a tumour on his shoulder. (swimswam.com, 9 Feb 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He sticks his tongue out when he climbs onto the blocks. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 05 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Things that were hardest to bear are sweetest to remember." (Facebook page, 28 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
He received the 2021 Oceanian Male Swimmer of the Year award from swimming website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2021)

In 2021 he was named Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 28 Dec 2021)

He was named Academic Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2021 at the Blues Awards at Griffith University in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (news.griffith.edu.au, 12 Nov 2021, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
TOKYO EXPERIENCE
He believes being an underdog in his Olympic debut at the 2020 Games in Tokyo enabled him to overcome his nerves. He ended up winning gold in the men's 200m breaststroke and bronze in the mixed 4x100m relay. "I was lucky enough to fly under the radar and not have as much media attention, be able to focus on myself and focus on what I needed to do to get the best out of myself. You can only be the underdog once." (7news.com.au, 02 Aug 2021; theguardian.com, 29 Jul 2021)

EDUCATION
He studies dual degrees in psychological science and business at Griffith University in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. "I'm doing it part-time but as much as I can with everything going on. I've deferred to take some time out as the roller coaster of emotion coming off the [2020 Olympic] Games, just getting myself reset. In the end of the day I'm only going to swim for another six years, maximal, maybe. So, 28, 29, that's when I kind of see myself transitioning out of the pool. At that point, I want something to have to go on to, and academics definitely allows me to do that." (abc.net.au, 22 Nov 2021)

BREASTSTROKER
He decided to focus on breaststroke after he finished high school. "There's an old saying that breaststrokers are born, not made. I've always swum breaststroke since I was nine, that was my first national school champs in Perth. I've always dabbled in IM, and actually I won a national medal in the fly race believe it or not. But, if you saw my butterfly now you'd probably question that. I swam all the strokes probably up until I finished high school. So, I've always tried to do a lot, but the focus is always breaststroke." (Sporting News Australia YouTube channel, 06 Aug 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.05
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:06.38
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.95
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.60
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 59.65
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:07.07
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:31.81
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.34
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:07.36
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 58.58