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Yolane KUKLA
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born29 Sep 1995 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age two. She took up competitive swimming at age 12 at St. Peters Western Swim Club in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
She began focusing seriously on swimming after injuring her knee while doing gymnastics.
Club / Team
Palm Beach Currumbin: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Yo, Yo-Yo (swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011; swimswam.com, 29 Mar 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Brooke Hanson. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
In 2007 she seriously injured her knee while practising gymnastics. (swimswam.com, 29 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away." (swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the Australia Day Honours list. Also in 2014 she was named Age Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming Western Australia Awards. (inmycommunity.com.au, 17 Jun 2014; insidethegames.biz, 26 Jan 2014)
At age 16 years and 302 days at the opening ceremony, she was the youngest Australian swimmer to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Oct 2020)
Famous relatives
Her sister Gabrielle has represented Australia in rowing. She ranked fourth in the lightweight quadruple sculls at the 2010 U23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2017; swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 27.24
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 54.87
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 25.11
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 27.40