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Nicole Livingstone

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Date of Birth


Career Highlights and Achievements

  • Atlanta Olympics- 4 x 100 Medley Silver, 4 x 200 Freestyle Bronze, 100m Backstroke Seventh 1996
  • Barcelona Olympics – 200m Backstroke Bronze, 100m Backstroke Fourth, 4 x 100m Medley Fifth 1992
  • Seoul Olympics – 4 x 100m Medley Fourth, 200m Backstroke Fifth 1988
  • Three Commonwealth Games – 6 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
  • Six Pan Pacific Championships – 4 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
  • Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (O.A.M.) at Queen’s Birthday Honours 1997
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • Inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll 2006

Beginning on the Australian Swimming Team at just 13, Nicole Livingstone will go down in history as one of Australia’s most successful female backstrokers.

With an international sporting career spanning 12 years, Nicole’s achievements include three medals from three Olympic appearances; 6 gold, 2 silver and a bronze from three Commonwealth Games and competing in six Pan Pacific Championships, winning 4 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. She also broke a world record in the 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.

Nicole placed her name in the record books with the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer in history at the national titles winning ten consecutive 100m backstroke titles between 1987 and 1996, a record still unbroken today.

Upon retiring from swimming, Nicole began a long career in media in a variety of roles – from sports commentary at events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games to hosting big name shows –  ‘Wide World of Sports’, ‘Any Given Sunday’ and ‘The Project’.

A great ambassador for Australian sport, Nicole has received many awards during her career outside of the pool. These include the Medal of the Order of Australia, the Australian Sports Medal and she is also a member of the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.

Nicole along with her sister Karen Livingstone founded Ovarian Cancer Australia, after their mother passed away from the disease. She is now patron of the organisation.

In 2016, Nicole was historically voted into ‘The Carbine Club’ as one of two first ever females to be admitted and was announced by the Victorian Government as Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Nicole juggles many commitments, as a mother of three, an expert sports commentator and host and as a board member of Swimming Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and Deputy Chair of VicHealth.

Nicole was also the CEO of Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club from 2014 to 2017, before taking on the role as the new Head of Women’s Football (AFLW) in December 2017.

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