< back
Jarrod POORT
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born31 Oct 1994 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.85 m
Weight 85 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wollongong, NSW, AUS
Real Estate Agent
Higher education
Business - University of Wollongong: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming as a child on the family farm in Bowral, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
After watching the open water swimming event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London [where he competed in the 1500m event], he decided to give it a try in 2013.
Club / Team
Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club: Wollongong, NSW, AUS
Training Regime
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Poorty (swimming.org.au, 2013)
Most influential person in career
His parents and former coach Ron McKeon. (olympics.com.au, 16 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (olympics.com.au, 2012)
He has broken the same wrist three times. (olympics.com.au, 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase, challenge, lead." (olympics.com.au, 16 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named 2014 Georgina Hope Foundation Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (llawarramercury.com.au, 30 Dec 2016)
Other information
In September 2017 he accepted a 12-month suspension from Swimming Australia for violating anti-doping regulations, as he failed to update his whereabouts information with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on three occasions across a 12-month period. "At the end of the day people make mistakes and that's what I did. It was remiss of me to neglect a management system that must be shown the full respect it deserves and it is a very embarrassing situation to now be in. Now facing one year ineligibility for this, from the sport and a way of life I've dedicated so much to over the past year, it has been a very tough pill to swallow." (theaustralian.com.au, 15 Sep 2017; swimming.org.au, 14 Sep 2017)

He has also studied for a degree in property at Western Sydney University in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 2018)

In May 2018 he took part in Endure for a Cure, where he cycled as far as possible for 12 hours, raising more than 25,000 Australian dollars for the Children's Cancer Institute. (Facebook profile, 01 May 2018; endureforacure.org.au, 15 May 2018)

He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right arm. (olympics.com.au, 16 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2012 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 15:20.82
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 55:31.1
17 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:07:44.5
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 56:07.4
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:34.3
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 54:16.1
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
76 2017   10km  
28 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:21.2
31 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:57.00
6 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:17.0
11 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:13.58
1 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:52:06.0
42 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:04:01.30
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:52:12.0