swimming April 8, 2017
In the gene pool: Emma McKeon, 22, swimmer
My swimming pedigree? Well, my pop was very involved in surf lifesaving and Dad [Ron McKeon] and Mum [Susie Woodhouse] trained at the Australian Institute of Sport and were on a Commonwealth Games swim team together, and Dad went to the Olympics. On...
swimming June 11, 2016
Different strokes: Jarrod Poort, 21, long-distance swimmer
Marathon swimming is one of the only events in the Olympics where time is not really relevant. I started swimming 1500 metres in the pool, then I kind of dabbled in open water. One of the things that really got me hooked was...
swimming June 20, 2015
Super fish: Mack Horton, 19, swimmer
It’s not true that I can’t see my hand in front of my face without my glasses. Obviously I can – but it’s not clear, so I’m pretty blind. I think I’m minus five-and-a-half, minus six. Someone thought that because I couldn’t...
swimming May 9, 2015
Keeping up with the Jones: Taylor McKeown, swimmer, 20
Breaststroke is physically harder than people realise. I’ve raced 200 freestyles and 100 butterflies, and 400 freestyles, and I would say I definitely prefer to do a 200 freestyle over a 200 breaststroke. You’re trying to...
swimming February 28, 2015
Gold rush: Ellie Cole, 23, swimmer and wheelchair basketball player
My archrival is also my role model. Not many people have that. I met Natalie du Toit [of South Africa] for the first time at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships. Earlier my coach had told me, “Get mad at her.” Later, I...
swimming July 12, 2014
Making a splash: Cate Campbell, 22, swimmer
Malawi-born Cate Campbell is one of Australia’s top medal hopes at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She won two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, gold in London 2012, and is the reigning 100 metres...