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Kareena LEE
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born16 Dec 1993
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Callum
Noosa, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Education - University of the Sunshine Coast: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took part in surf lifesaving as a child, and began focusing on swimming training in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I did my first open water swim in 2012 when I was 18. From then I just wanted to try it again and gain more experience and I think I've gotten better with each time."
Club / Team
Noosa Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
John Rodgers [club]
General Interest
Reading, shopping. (swimming.org.au, 17 Dec 2019)
She suffered an injury to her right knee in January 2018 that required her to wear a brace. She returned to competition three weeks later. (Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2018)

She broke a rib after she was kicked when racing at the 2015 World Cup event in Chun'an, People's Republic of China. (openwaterswimming.com, 10 Mar 2021)

She collapsed following the women's 10km race at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, due to a combination of asthma, dehydration and hypothermia. She was briefly hospitalised and withdrew from her remaining race at the championships, but made a full recovery. (smh.com.au, 30 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take a picture." (noosatoday.com.au, 30 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named an Honouree of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020/21. (openwaterswimming.com, 10 Mar 2021)

In 2018 and 2019 she was named Swimming Australia's Open Water Swimmer of the Year. (hansonmediagroup.com.au, 28 Oct 2018; smh.com.au, 25 Nov 2019)
Other sports
She has also competed in pool swimming at national level, including the 1500m freestyle. (myswimresults.com.au 15 Aug 2018)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sls.com.au, 16 Oct 2019)
Other information
After being overlooked for selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro she considered retiring from competition. When she was the first Australian swimmer selected for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she said she was relieved she chose to continue in the sport. "After just missing out on Rio I wasn't too sure if I was going to continue the sport. I had a bit of a break and a long think about it, and I knew I wouldn't be happy within myself if I left the sport. My heart was still in it and I really didn't want to leave on a low, so I knuckled down and I trained very, very hard. I'm obviously really happy I didn't leave." (sls.com.au, 16 Oct 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:54:50.5
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:36.8
10 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:28.9
19 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:02:08.1
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:42.9
20 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:59:32.8
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
7 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:56:43.9
6 2019   10km  
6 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:01:55.70
2 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:03:52.0
4 2019 Nantou, TPE 10km 2:02:40.3
13 2018   10km  
5 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:05:57.00
13 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:34.3
3 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:22.25
59 2017   10km  
11 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:11.3
13 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:57.70
14 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:48:42.00
5 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:18.16
14 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:48.0
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 10km 2:08:26.0
4 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:59:56.0