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Former World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Jess Schipper, Confirms Retirement

Former World Record holder and Olympic gold medallist, Jess Schipper, has today announced her retirement from swimming.

During her 10 years on the national swimming team, Schipper competed at three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), two Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010) and five World Championships (Barcelona 2003, Montreal 2005, Melbourne 2007, Rome 2009 and Shanghai 2011).

Schipper, one of Australia’s greatest ever Butterfly swimmers, said she’s looking forward to the next chapter of her life with a new focus on family:

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wonderful husband Brett and my son Robbie.”

“I’m leaving the sport with some amazing friends and memories. I’ve received some incredible support throughout my career from my family, my coaches, my teammates and my sponsors, in particular Swimming Australia, QAS, adidas and Australia Post.

“I’m looking forward to spending more quality time with my family and starting my new job at Swimming Queensland.”

Swimming Australia CEO, Mark Anderson, said: “Jess’s performances and success across three Olympics and the Commonwealth Games demonstrate her quality as both an athlete and competitor.  Three Olympic Gold medals amongst multiple silver and bronze as well as three world records is an outstanding result.”

“In addition to her many achievements in the pool, Jess will be remembered by all Australians as a great ambassador for our sport and our country. We wish her continued success in the next phase of her life,” said Anderson.

Former Australian swimming champion, Susie O’Neill, paid tribute to Jess: “It was great to pass the Butterfly baton on to Jess post my retirement. Jess was a stalwart of the Australian swim team for close to a decade.”

“Jess will forever be remembered as one of Australia’s best Butterfly swimmers, and I wish her all the best with Brett and Robbie in the future.”

Career highlights:
2012 – London Olympics Semi Final, 200m Butterfly
2008 – Beijing Olympics Gold Medal 4 x 100m Medley
2008 – Beijing Olympics Bronze Medal 100m Butterfly
2008 – Beijing Olympics Bronze Medal 200m Butterfly
2004 – Athens Olympics Gold Medal  4 x 100m Medley
2009 – World Championships Gold Medal 200m Butterfly
2009 – World Championships Silver Medal 100m Butterfly
2009 – World Championships Silver Medal 4 x 100m Medley
2007 – World Championships Gold Medal 200m Butterfly
2007 – World Championships Gold Medal 4 x 100m Medley
2007 – World Championships Silver Medal 100m Butterfly
2005 – World Championships Gold Medal 100m Butterfly
2005 – World Championships Gold Medal  4 x 100m Medley
2005 – World Championships Silver Medal 200m Butterfly
2003 – World Championships Bronze Medal 4 x 100m Medley
2003 – World Championships Bronze Medal 4 x 100m Medley

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