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Chelsea GUBECKA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born08 Sep 1998 in Nambour, AUS
Height1.62 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Reed
Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - University of the Sunshine Coast: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming lessons at five months old.
Club / Team
Kawana Waters Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Robert Van der Zant [club], AUS
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Machine (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2020)
Hobbies
Video games. (swimming.org.au, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (swimming.org.au, 28 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she was inducted into the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame. (Yeronga Park Swimming Club Facebook page, 01 Mar 2021; openwaterswimming.com, 01 Mar 2021)

She was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Swimming Australia. (swimming.org.au, 21 Dec 2017, 09 Sep 2019; swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She has competed in surf life saving at junior level in Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia. She also represented Australia in 1500m freestyle at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (usc.edu.au, 26 Sep 2016; smh.com.au, 01 May 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Nov 2018)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Chloe has represented Australia in both pool and open water swimming, and competed in the 5km open water event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. Her younger brother Kolby has competed in open water swimming at national level in Australia, while her other younger brother Jordan has competed in swimming at junior level in Australia. (swimswam.com, 15 Nov 2015; sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 26 Jan 2017; swimming.org.au, 21 Dec 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the Olympic Games in both pool and open water swimming. She also aspires to work as a psychologist or nutritionist following her retirement from swimming. (swimswam.com, 27 Jan 2018; swimming.org.au, 09 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:21.82
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km  DNF
29 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:55:45.2
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:36.8
9 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:00:30.0
9 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:28:41.6
13 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:28:49.2
13 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:58:51.3
30 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:59:16.3
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2019   10km  
8 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:01:57.10
30 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:04:30.5
21 2018   10km  
11 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:06:16.60
6 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:28.0
22 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:10:10.59
18 2017   10km  
5 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:52:37.3
10 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:18.3
17 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:59:06.10
7 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:48:07.02
16 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:56.4
7 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:21.02
4 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:04:01.0
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2018 Tokyo, JPN 10km 2:08:52.5
3 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:59:54.0