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Kaylee McKeown

Kaylee McKeown (swimming) was a revelation in Tokyo in 2021 where she became Olympic champion in the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke. She also won gold as part of the 4x100m medley and bronze in the 4x100m mixed medley. Kaylee made her international debut at 15, joining older sister Taylor McKeown at the Budapest 2017 world championships where she finished 4th in the 200m backstroke. The following year, she finished 4th in both the 100m and 200m at her first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Kaylee and Taylor suffered a family tragedy when their father Sholto passed away in August 2020, after losing a two-year battle with brain cancer. He had dreamt of seeing his two girls compete at the Olympics. Kaylee has a permanent reminder of him on her foot: a tattoo that says: “I will always be with you” which she sees every time she lifts her foot above the waterline at the backstroke start. McKeown smashed the 100m backstroke world record at Olympic selection trials in May 2021 – stopping the clock at 57.45 seconds – before going on to her Tokyo triumphs. When long-time coach Chris Mooney moved from USC Spartans to Bond University post-Olympics, Kaylee joined her sister at Michael Bohl’s Griffith University outfit on the Gold Coast. McKeown is studying aged care at Sunshine Coast University.

Sport / Discipline

Swimming

Birth Place

Redcliffe

Birth state

QLD

Date of Birth

12/07/2001

Age

20

Gold Coast, 2018

Results History

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