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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 July 1993
188 cm
Partner Sinead
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Engineering - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
He became involved with the sport when his third grade school teacher encouraged him to join the weekly school swimming club.
Club / Team
St Peters Western: Australia
Name of coach
Dean Boxall [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED
Training Regime
He swims between 60 and 70 kilometres a week. He also incorporates yoga into his training regime.

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in 200m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 01 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (, 01 Oct 2017)
He suffered from glandular fever in 2010. (, 01 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You need to love what you do, since when you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life, which is how I feel sometimes. It's about finding elements of the sport that you love and harnessing them as much as you can." (, 04 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (, 01 Feb 2016)

He was recognised with the Swimmer's Swimmer of the Year award at the 2015 Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards. (, 05 Sep 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Jul 2019)
Other information
He is short-sighted but does not swim with the aid of contact lenses. "I'm short-sighted [myopic], so backstroke flags are fine but anything outside of five metres becomes quite blurry. I often touch the wall and don't know my time or position so I sometimes have to ask. Slowly, my eyes are getting a lot worse." He admits that his reduced vision can also be used as a positive, allowing him to remain focused at the biggest events. "I don't get distracted by the crowd because I can't really see it. The 2015 Kazan World Championships was a massive crowd. The 2016 Rio Olympics, same thing. I could just stay focused on what I could see which was what's around me, in the five meter radius." (, 30 Oct 2018)

He had questioned his swimming future after failing at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, but made a comeback after winning five gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I was very low, my confidence was at an absolute low. I've got a lot of pride in the way I swim and in some ways I was embarrassed in representing myself on that world stage [in 2017] and not doing my country proud. It's [winning five gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games] certainly sparked my confidence again and I love the way I'm swimming and it's fantastic. I know I'm not swimming super-fast world class times at the moment but it's all going to plan and obviously I'm building each swim from here to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games]." (, 11 Apr 2018)