Bronte competed in her first Olympic Games at the age of 19, she broke her Australian Record in the finals of the 400m Freestyle and continued her form into the finals of the 200m Freestyle. But it was her final swim of the meet that got the country talking; combining with three others in the 4x200m Freestyle relay, in a stellar performance exceeding expectations, the team touched the wall first in World Record time, becoming Olympic Champions.
A gutsy competitor, Barratt qualified for her first Commonwealth Games in 2006 and reaffirmed her immense talent by winning gold in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay and bronze in the 400m Freestyle. Backing up from the Games to compete at the World Short Course Championships in Shanghai, Barratt again showed her world-class ability winning gold in the women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay and an individual silver medal in the 400m Freestyle.
At the 2007 Japan Open, Barratt broke the oldest record in Australian swimming, breaking Tracey Wickham’s Commonwealth and Australian record for the 400m freestyle, the record had stood for 29 years. Then in 2008 Barratt hit the headlines again when she won Olympic Gold in the 4x 200m freestyle relay alongside Stephanie Rice. 2011 then saw Bronte bring home a silver medal from the World Championships in Shanghai in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
The 2012 London Olympics were another success for Bronte where she won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle and Silver in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. Bronte continued her good form into 2014 where she took home Silver in the 200m Freestyle and Gold in the 400m Freestyle at the Australian Championships. She went on to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, bringing home yet another medal to add to her tally, with a Bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
In 2016 Bronte qualified for her 12th Australian Swim team and competed at her third Olympic Games in Rio. She made the final in the 200m Freestyle and swam a Personal Best time finishing in 5th place. She also formed part of the 4x200m Freestyle relay team who managed to win Silver with a young team in an experienced and competitive field.
Bronte is available for public speaking opportunities as well as swim clinics and school appearances.