Date of Birth: 20/05/1992
Coach: Simon Cusack
London Olympics 4×100 Freestyle -1st 2012
World Championships, Rome 50m Freestyle -3rd 2009
Beijing Olympics 4×100 Freestyle -3rd 2008
Beijing Olympics 50m Freestyle -3rd 2008
Santa-Fe International 50m Freestyle -1st 2008
Santa-Fe International 100m Freestyle -1st 2008
In clocking up the fastest time in the world for both the 50m and 100m Freestyle in 2013 at the Australian National Championships, Olympic Gold Medallist Cate Campbell has established herself as the female sprinter to beat at the World Championships later this year.
Cate first came to prominence at age 13 in 2006, when she claimed gold in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the Australian Age Championships. But it was in 2007, at her first international competitions, that Cate showed her true potential as a world-class contender. Campbell, at 15 years of age, out swam the best in the world at the Japan Open, after already winning two gold and one bronze medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. Her sizzling time of 24.48 seconds elevated her to the fourth fastest woman in history and put the world on notice for Beijing.
Competing in her first Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, Cate showed tremendous maturity winning a bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle, a tough event that punishes the smallest of mistakes. Cate continued her success at the Games by winning bronze in the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. Cate added to her long list of success at the 2012 London Olympic Games, her second at only 20 years of age. She swam her way to a spot on the Australian Team by qualifying for the 50m and 100m Freestyle events after finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Cate won gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle event, along with Melanie Schlanger, Alicia Coutts and Brittany Elmslie. Cate was joined by her sister, Bronte Campbell, to become Australia’s first sibling Olympians in 40 years. Cate was hit with a cruel stomach bug on day 2 of the Olympics, which robbed her of the chance to swim at her full capability in the 50m Freestyle, and forced her to withdraw from the 100m Freestyle completely. It is this experience that drives her day in, day out in her training. Outside of the pool, Cate is undertaking an internship at Australia Post. She also enjoys relaxing with her family.