Emma McKeon AM (swimming) is an eight-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the pool and one of the most decorated athletes in Australian Commonwealth Games history. A member of the McKeon and Woodhouse swimming dynasty, Emma debuted at the Glasgow 2014 Games winning six medals including golds in the women’s 200m freestyle and as part of Australia’s relay teams. At the Gold Coast 2018 Games, McKeon repeated her six-medal feat, adding four golds, including the women’s 100m butterfly crown. A two-time Olympian, at the Tokyo Olympics Emma, became Australia’s most successful Olympian winning seven medals, including four golds, becoming just the fourth swimmer and first female swimmer in history to win seven or more Olympic medals at a single Olympic Games. Her efforts in Tokyo has witnessed Emma being nominated as sportswoman of the year for the prestigious 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards next month. With eight gold medals in her career already, Emma is on track to break the all-time Commonwealth Games gold medal of 10, held by fellow Dolphins Ian Thorpe AM, Leisel Jones OAM and Susie O’Neill AM, at the Games in Birmingham.
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Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?
bachelor of Health promotion and public health nutrition - Griffith, Goldcoast
Why did you begin your sport?
because my parents were swimmers and they took me to swimming lessons
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
painting my nails
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Rio Bronze 200m free
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
Susie O'neil - watched her when I was 5 win 200m free in Sydney.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
My parents - always supportive
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
What is your sporting ambition?
Keep doing what I am doing and enjoy it