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Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born14 May 1994 in Blantyre, MAW
Height1.79 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Sydney, NSW, AUS
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming as a child in Lake Malawi, Malawi. She joined a swimming club at age seven after her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Club / Team
Knox Pymble Swim Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
C2, Bront, Brontezaurus (swimkids.com.au, 15 Feb 2013; swimswam.com, 23 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2017; sustagen-sport.com.au, 10 Apr 2012; NOC, 10 Apr 2012)
She was affected by shoulder injuries after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 13 Oct 2021)

She was hampered by hip and shoulder injuries in the lead-up and during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She took two months out of the pool after the Games. She continued to suffer issues with her left shoulder and then her right in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (swimswam.com, 06 Sep 2016, 23 Jul 2017)

She was hampered by a hip injury from November 2015 until February 2016. (au.news.yahoo.com, 05 Feb 2016)

She had glandular fever and chronic fatigue syndrome in 2010 that disrupted her career for two years. (smh.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Not the victory, but the action. Not the goal, but the effort. In the deed, the glory." (NOC, 10 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received a Patron Award at the Swimming Australia gala awards night. (ginarinehart.com.au, 06 Nov 2016)

She was jointly named the 2015 Female Australian Swimmer of the Year, sharing the award with Emily Seebohm. (swimswam.com, 07 Sep 2015)

She won the 2014 Golden Moment Award from Swimming Australia for her part in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team's world record-breaking swim at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2014)

In 2014 she was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions, which recognises the achievements of Australia's top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Cate Campbell has represented Australia in swimming. She competed at the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, winning a total of eight medals including four golds. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2021; The Courier-Mail, 29 Aug 2020; news.com.au, 10 Aug 2018; Instagram profile, 28 Dec 2019)
Other information
After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo she split with long-time coach Simon Cusack after he elected to move back to Brisbane, QLD, Australia and she chose to stay in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "With Simon moving back up to Brisbane, he'll be staying up there and Cate will be staying up there [too] so it was a big decision coming back down to Sydney but I love it down here. Simon has been my coach for 20 years, he has taken me from a little seven-year-old, right throughout my career which has been pretty incredible. It's been a big decision for me coming back down and now I have to figure out how it all works for me down in Sydney. It is my second home now. I have got a beautiful support network down here, there are many people who help me out, I'm sure it will be great. It's a new adventure for me. I have not been able to trial with any coaches because none of the pools have been open and I now need to get a good place to train, get strong in the gym, get the shoulder [injury] right. I know how to build back into training, it's when I get into the specifics that I'll have to work out what coaching looks like." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 13 Oct 2021)

In November 2021 she released a book, co-authored with sister Cate named 'Sister Secrets: Life Lessons from the Pool to the Podium'. (swimswam.com, 12 Nov 2021)

In 2018 she took a planned break from swimming and travelled in India, allowing her inflamed nerves, hip and shoulder to repair. "The hardest thing is they are injuries that nobody can really explain. The shoulder and neck started off as a nerve injury, the hip I had surgery on in 2015, so that just keeps rolling on. It's just trial and error to make it better. I've given up on a definite diagnosis. Basically, if I'm not swimming, it's fine. That seems to be the cure. It's not that surprising. I've been doing this since I was seven and now I'm 24. That's a lot of shoulder rotations." (smh.com.au, 20 Jul 2018; goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 14 Apr 2018)

She enjoys competing against her older sister and fellow Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell. "I actually really like it. You think there would be a horrible rivalry, and from the outside it should seem strange, but it's really quite nice when we're in the pool together. Mostly because there's someone else in the water that you want to do well, and if I'm going to be beaten I would rather it be someone that I love, so it does work quite well for us." (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 09 Apr 2018; womenshealth.com.au, 01 Oct 2017)

She was born in Malawi where her father Eric, originally from South Africa, was working as an accountant for a bank. She moved to Australia with her family at age seven. (olympics.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.69
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.95
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 53.04
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.42
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:30.65
Semifinal 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 24.94
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 24.48
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:30.21
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:19.97
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.18
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.58
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.29
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:32.01
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.21
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 52.52
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.12
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.48
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.56
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 54.46
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 24.66
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:32.43
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.62
4 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 51.65
2 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:50.31
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.74
7 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 2:02.64
2 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.37
1 2019 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.55
4 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.47
3 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 53.08
2 2019 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.19
3 2019 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:50.15
6 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.28
8 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.94
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.81
7 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 53.06
7 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:57.45
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.34
5 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.22
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.97
29 2013   Overall  
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.13
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.57
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.52
2 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 24.30
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.91
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 52.42
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.61