Bronte Campbell is an Olympic, Commonwealth and World swimming champion. With three Olympic Games under her belt, Bronte is a role model to her Australian Swim Team, while also being an integral member of the nations dominant 4x100m relay team.
The second of five Campbell children, Bronte was born in Malawi and swam in Lake Malawi as a child after her mother Jenny – a former synchronised swimmer – taught her to swim.
Bronte was inspired to take up competitive swimming after watching the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and her love affair with the water continued when the Campbells moved to Australia in 2001. Seven year-old Bronte and her older sister Cate joined the local Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane and threw themselves into the sport.
By 2011, Bronte was announcing herself as a future star of the pool, winning Gold in the 50m Freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships. She then secured selection for the 2012 London Olympics, where she made the Semi Finals in the 50m freestyle as an 18 year old.
2013 saw Bronte team up with Cate to win a World Championships Silver Medal in the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay, with two more Silvers to follow at the Short-Course World Championships of 2014.
Her first golden moments came at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with victory in the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m medley events.
Her Commonwealth haul of two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze gave Campbell the confidence to take on the world and she starred at the 2015 World Championships, winning three Gold medals (50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle & 4 x 100m Freestyle) to establish herself as one of the world’s premier freestyle sprinters.
Bronte won her first Olympic gold in Rio the following year as part of Australia’s world record-breaking 4 x 100m Freestyle team.
A home Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 proved to be an unforgettable experience as Bronte collected another 3 Golds and a Silver, including a memorable win over sister Cate in the 100m Freestyle to go with victories in the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m medley.
She continued her success at the 2019 World Championships, adding another two Golds and a Silver to her already-stacked trophy cabinet.
Bronte has also played an important role in the establishment of the International Swimming League (ISL) for her team the London Roar, as they topped their group in the inaugural season.
In June of 2021, Bronte qualified for her third Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was at these Games the 4x100m Freestyle team won Gold for the second consecutive games, breaking their own World Record in the process. Bronte also swam in the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay, the first time it had been competed at the Olympics.
Out of the pool, Bronte is studying Journalism and has a passion for a career in radio. She also writes her own poetry and enjoys the Bondi lifestyle of the beach and live music.
Bronte is an ambassador for Carers Australia, playing an important role for their National Carers Week, annually in October.
This partnership stems from her mother Jenny being a full time carer for brother Hamish, who has severe cerebral palsy. Bronte also participates in the Chappell Foundation Sleep at the SCG event in support of Homelessness.
In 2021, Bronte joined forces with Cate to write ‘Sister Secrets: Life Lessons from the Pool to the Podium’, available on Booktopia.
To meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.