Former Record Holder Eamon Sullivan, Announces Retirement
Former World Record holder, Olympic silver medallist and current Australian champion, Eamon Sullivan, has today announced his retirement from swimming.
During his ten years on the national swimming team, Sullivan competed at three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), two Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010) and two World Championships (Melbourne 2007 and Shanghai 2011).
Sullivan is the current Australian 50m Freestyle champion, but has succumbed to ongoing shoulder injuries which forced him to pull out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.
Sullivan said his decision didn’t come easily: “One of the things I’m most proud of throughout my career is overcoming injuries. I’m at a point where I’ve had one too many injuries, and it has become too much to manage.”
“In the end my body has let me down, so I’m very disappointed, but it’s the right time.
“I’ve received some incredible support throughout my career from my family, my coaches, my teammates and my sponsors, in particular Swimming Australia, NSWIS, WAIS, Speedo, UNCLE TOBYS and Gillette.
“I’m very excited about the direction that Swimming Australia is heading with Jacco Verhaeren and Michael Scott at the helm. We have an exciting young team heading to the Commonwealth Games, who we should all be getting behind,” Sullivan said.
“Moving forward, I’m excited to explore the other passions in my life, like cooking and hospitality. I’m keen to stay involved with Swimming Australia and mentor our young swimmers, as well as spend more time in my restaurant (Bib & Tucker) and café (Louis Baxters Espresso Bar).”
Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said: “Eamon made his debut onto the Australian Swim Team as an 18-year-old in Athens and then ten years later was able to take out the men’s 50m freestyle at this year’s Australian Championships which was a remarkable achievement,” said Anderson.
“As an athlete he’s been the world’s best, which is what we are all striving for as part of the goal to be the best in the world in and out of the pool by 2020. In addition to what he has achieved in the pool, Eamon has at all stages promoted the sport, especially in his home state of WA, where he’s been extremely active across community and grass roots levels.”
Former Australian swimming champion, Michael Klim, paid tribute to his teammate: “It was an absolute pleasure to have trained and competed alongside and against Eamon during his many successful years on the Australian swimming team“.
“Even though this career was sometimes plagued with injuries, he always found it in himself through sheer determination to perform to the best of his ability, which made him one of the toughest and best sprinters Australia has ever seen. He has left a great mark on the sport which will be remembered forever.”
Eamon’s career highlights:
330 days as 100m Freestyle World Record holder – 100m Freestyle x 2 (Beijing, 2008)
430 days as 50m Freestyle World Record holder – 50m Freestyle x 3 (Olympic Trials Sydney, 2008)
5 x World Records
Made 12 Australian Swimming teams:
2004 Olympic Games (Athens, Greece)
2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, Australia)
2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Victoria, Canada)
2006 FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (Shanghai, China)
2007 World Aquatics Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China)
2009 World Aquatics Championships (Rome, Italy) – pulled out due to illness
2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India)
2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Irvine, USA)
2011 World Aquatics Championships (Shanghai, China)
2012 Olympic Games (London, England)
2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland) – pulled out due to injury
3 x Olympic Games medals
2008 100m Freestyle – SILVER
2008 4x100m Medley – SILVER
2008 4x100m Freestyle – BRONZE
5 x Commonwealth Games Medals
2006 4x100m Medley – GOLD
2006 4x100m Freestyle – SILVER
2010 4x100m Freestyle – GOLD
2010 4x100m Medley – GOLD
2010 100m Freestyle – BRONZE
3 x World Swimming Championships medals
2007 4x100m Freestyle – GOLD
2011 4x100m Freestyle – GOLD
2007 100m Freestyle – BRONZE
9 x Australian Swimming Championships
2005 – 100m Freestyle Short course (equal first)
2007 – 50m Freestyle
2007 – 100m Freestyle
2008 – 50m Freestyle
2008 – 100m Freestyle
2009 – 100m Freestyle
2010 – 100m Freestyle
2014 – 50m Freestyle