Date of Birth: 20/05/1992
Coach: Simon Cusack
World Championships 50m Freestyle- 3rd 2015
World Championships 100m Freestyle- 4th 2015
World Championships 4x100m Freestyle- 1st 2015
National Championships 100m Freestyle- 1st 2015
National Championships 50m Freestyle- 2nd 2015
Commonwealth Games 100m Freestyle- 1st 2014
Commonwealth Games 50m Freestyle- 2nd 2014
Pan Pacific Championships 50m Freestyle- 1st 2014
World Champion- 100m Freestyle 2013
London Olympics, 4x100m Freestyle- 1st 2012
World Championships 50m Freestyle- 3rd 2009
Beijing Olympics 4x100m Freestyle- 3rd 2008
Beijing Olympics 50m Freestyle- 3rd 2008
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 4x100m 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.
Cate was back in full health for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, proving to the world that she is a world class athlete when she claimed the100m Freestyle title. She continued her dominance in the pool into 2014, claiming 3 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals in the 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Medley Relays, as well as a Silver Medal to back this up in the 50m Freestyle. Just a few weeks later Cate then went on to swim her fastest time to date at the Pan Pacific Championships in QLD, edging her another step closer to the elusive 50m Freestyle world record.
Towards the end of 2014 Cate realized that a niggling shoulder injury would require surgery to allow her to be at full strength for the 2016 Olympics and so she went under the knife, spending a number of months out of the pool. The 2015 National Championships in April were a great test for Cate, believing she was still a touch off her full capacity she still managed to claim the 100m title and fell just short of the 50m title, behind her younger sister Bronte.
The 2015 World Championships in Russia were another successful meet for Cate, finishing on the podium with sister Bronte in the 100m Freestyle in one of the highlights of the week. Cate also anchored the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle team to victory, in what is looking to be a formidable unit with Rio on the horizon.
Consistently ranked the top swimmer in the world over the last few years in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle, Cate will be one of the women to beat at the 2016 Olympics.