Cate
Campbell
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
Cate Campbell has been a cornerstone of Australia's swimming success for almost a decade. An Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion, she has enjoyed a stellar international career as one of the world's premier sprinters.

Bio

The eldest of five Campbell children, Cate was born in Malawi and was taught to swim in Lake Malawi by her mother Jenny – a former synchronised swimmer.

When the family moved to Australia in 2001, nine year-old Cate and her sister Bronte joined the local Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane and fell in love with competitive swimming.

Cate’s dominance in the pool began at a young age, rising through the ranks to win two gold medals as a 13 year-old at the Australian Age Championships to put herself squarely on the national team radar as one to watch.

By the age of 16, she had broken the Australian & Commonwealth 50m Freestyle records and earned selection at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she displayed remarkable maturity and poise on the biggest stage in world sport to win Bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Freestyle events.

Cate backed that breakthrough performance up with another Bronze at the 2009 World Championships as she set her sights on the 2012 London Olympics.

London saw Cate become an Olympic champion for the first time as part of Australia’s successful 4 x 100m Freestyle team.

Then in 2013, she became a World champion, taking Gold in the 100m Freestyle to go with three Silver medals in the 50m Freestyle, the 4 x 100 Freestyle (with sister Bronte) and the 4 x 100 Medley.

2014 saw Cate become a Commonwealth champion, winning three Gold medals in the 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100 Medley.

A second World Championship Gold medal followed in 2015 as the all-conquering Aussie 4 x 100m Freestyle team saluted once again. She collected Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and broke the 100m Freestyle Short-Course World Record at the Australian titles.

The 2016 Rio Olympics saw Cate win her second Olympic Gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle as the Australians broke their own world record in the process.

A Silver in the 4 x 100m Medley also entered the trophy cabinet, yet she returned home disappointed by her performances in the individual events and elected to largely take a year off from swimming, yet still managed to again break the 100m Freestyle Short-Course World Record.

2018 saw Cate return to full competition for a home Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and she thrived in the local surroundings to win three more Commonwealth Gold medals in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly (an event she had virtually no experience in) and in the 4x100m Freestyle.

2019 proved to be another stellar year, winning two Gold, two Silver and a Bronze medal at the World Championships.

At the inaugural International Swimming League (ISL) for the London Roar, Cate helped the Roar top their group, then capped off the year by winning the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup, taking home the honours in the women’s ranking.

In 2021 Cate qualified to swim at her fourth Olympics. She joined an elite group of three Australian swimmers to compete at four Olympics, a testament to her endurance and dedication to the sport. A glistening career and list of achievements was tied together with the announcement that Cate would be the Australian Flag Bearer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

At the games, Cate came away a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. She was part of two memorable relay teams, the first was the all conquering 4x100m freestyle team who broke their own record. The second was the 4x100m medley relay, where Cate anchored the Australian’s and swam one of her best relays ever, to come home over the top of the USA.

After four Olympic Games, Cate sits amongst the greatest swimmer to represent Australia with 8 medals to her name. Only three Australian Olympians have won more medals, and only one other swimmer has represented Australia as many times as she has at the Olympic Games.

Cate is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications. After her swimming career, she intends to combine her love for sport and media, already writing regular opinion columns for the Brisbane Courier Mail.

Cate enjoys to travel and experience foreign cultures. She is an outdoors person and lover of nature, constantly going scuba diving, hiking and on adventures in every spare moment.

After being diagnosed with stage one Melanoma in a mole she had removed, Cate is very passionate about sun safety and regular check ups. She is an ambassador of Melanoma Institute Australia, playing a major role in their ‘Game on Mole public awareness campaign.

In 2021, Cate joined forces with Bronte to write ‘Sister Secrets: Life Lessons from the Pool to the Podium’, available on Booktopia.

It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of the Australian swim team. I hope this inspires the next generation of female athletes to take up sport and to continue sport, or pursue excellence in whatever it is they go after.

Career Highlights

2008
Olympic Bronze 50m Freestyle
2008
Olympic Bronze 4x100m Freestyle
2009-2019
12 x World Championship Medals (4 gold)
2012
Olympic Gold 4x100m Freestyle
2013
World Championships Gold 100m Freestyle
2014-2018
8 x Commonwealth Games Medals (6 gold)
2014-2018
9 x Pan Pacific Gold Medals
2015
World Championships Gold (4x100m Freestyle)
2016
Olympic Gold 4x100m Freestyle (WR)
2016
Olympic Silver 4x100m Medley
2018
Women's Health Sportswoman of the Year
2018
Queensland Sports Star of the Year
2018
Swimming Australia Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year
2019
World Championships Gold (4x100m Freestyle)
2019
World Championships Gold (4x100m Medley)
2019
FINA Swimming World Cup Overall Winner (female)
2020
Olympic Gold 4x100m Freestyle (WR)
2020
Olympic Gold 4x100m Medley (OR)
2020
Olympic Bronze 100m Freestlyle

Testimonials

Cate Campbell is the most talented, accomplished and yet humble swimmer whom I have had the privilege of coaching for the past 18 years. Watching her sprint is like seeing art in motion and something I never tire from.



SIMON CUSACK

HEAD COACH

For me, Cate is as classy and respectful as any athlete I have ever come across with a genuine endearing and caring nature that you cant help but respect and admire her for. A steely determination and incredible internal drive, Cate is the ultimate team player in what can be an extremely selfish sport. What stands out most though is this vulnerability that you rarely see these days, it makes her real and relatable. The perfect combination: one of the worlds best athletes and human beings all in one!



DANIEL KOWALSKI

OLYMPIAN SERVICES MANAGER - AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

Cate is one of the most humble and professional athletes Ive ever been lucky enough to meet. A total natural in front of the camera and someone Ive found to be extremely genuine off camera and generous with her time. With passion and dedication like that, its little wonder Cate is one of the best swimmers this country has ever produced.



ANDY KAY

HEAD OF OLYMPICS AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES, SEVEN NETWORK

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2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE
2008 OLYMPIC BRONZE 4X100M FREESTYLE
2012 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE
2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE GOLD
2016 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100M FREESTYLE (WR)
2016 OLYMPIC SILVER 4X100 MEDLEY
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE GOLD
2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M BUTTERFLY GOLD
2018 WOMEN'S HEALTH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
2018 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC PROGRAM SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
2018 QUEENSLAND SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
2019 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP OVERALL WINNER (FEMALE)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 FREESTYLE (WR)
2021 OLYMPIC GOLD 4X100 MEDLEY (OR)
2021 OLYMPIC BRONZE 50M FREESTYLE

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