swimming

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 March 28, 2015

The professor: Cameron McEvoy, 20, swimmer

In my university class, only one or two of them know that I swim. All the rest think I’m just a normal person enrolled in a physics and maths course. So I could go from a swimming pool surrounded by sports, athletes and...

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...

swimming May 31, 2014

Golden girl: Alicia Coutts, 26, swimmer

Alicia Coutts is a champion swimmer specialising in medley and butterfly events. At the 2012 London Olympics she won five medals, matching the tally of Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould. She will represent Australia at the Glasgow...