Ariarne Titmus (swimming) created a slice of Commonwealth Games history when she became the just the second swimmer to claim the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle treble at the Commonwealth Games (all in Games records) in Birmingham previously achieved by fellow Australian Karen Moras in Edinburgh in 1970. She was also part of the women’s 4x200m freestyle that reclaimed the world record.
Although Ariarne claimed three gold medals and a silver at her first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, the world really took notice when she beat the seemingly invincible Katie Ledecky to win the 400m freestyle at the Gwangju 2019 world championships and anchored the team to 4x200m freestyle relay gold in a world record. She beat Ledecky again in the 400m freestyle in another stunning performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding a further gold in the 200m freestyle as well as silver in the 800m freestyle and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle.
Born and raised in Tasmania, Ariarne moved to Brisbane with her family in 2015 to further her career, parents Steve and Robyn quitting their jobs and selling the family home near Launceston. The following year, she joined coach Dean Boxall at St Peter’s Lutheran College where she completed Year 12.
The 50m competition pool at the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre was renamed the Ariarne Titmus Pool in January 2022.
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