Cate Campbell holds Olympic and World Championship Medals to her name, and if recent form is anything to go by, 2012 may well be her year to affirm herself as one of the world’s top sprinters.
Cate first came to prominence in 2006, when she claimed Gold in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the Australian Age Championships as a 13-year-old. 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 Japan Open, all after 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 is looking to add to her long list of success as she competes in 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. These swims also secured Cate a swim on the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay team, an event in which the Australian team is a real contender. Cate will also be joined by her sister, Bronte Campbell, to become Australia’s first sibling Olympians in 40 years and are due to compete against each other in the 50m Freestyle.
Outside of the pool, Cate trains every day and spends her spare hours at University studying for a Bachelor of Mass Communication, majoring in Marketing and International Journalism. She also enjoys relaxing with her family.
Date of Birth: 20th May 1992
Nationality: Blantyre, Malawi
Lives: Brisbane, QLD
Coach: Simon Cusack