With the potential to take six medals home from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Emma McKeon is Australia's top tip for multi-event glory, while she continues her family's legacy of success in swimming.
Emma was born and raised in Wollongong (NSW) and has grown up alongside older brother and Olympic swimmer, David McKeon. Being raised by former Olympic athletes in her mother Susie, father Ron and Uncle Rob, Emma has had her eyes on success in the pool from a young age.
2010 saw Emma’s international breakthrough at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Youth Olympics and World Short Course Championships, collecting one gold, and multiple silver and bronze medals across several events.
After narrowly missing out on Australian selection to the 2012 London Olympics, Emma cemented her spot in the team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Emma won four golds and two bronze medals, throwing herself into the Australian sporting spotlight as one of Australia’s best swimmers.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Emma formed part of the all-conquering 4x100m Freestyle relay team that won gold and set a new world record.
On top of her medal, Emma also collected two silvers and one bronze making her Australia’s most successful Olympian during those games.
Emma performed exceptionally well at her home Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, with three individual medals to accompany her three relay golds.
In 2019, Emma demonstrated her class once again with three golds, two silvers and one bronze medal at the World Championships.
In the inaugural International Swimming League (ISL), Emma represented the London Roar, finishing third overall in the race for MVP.
With the Tokyo Olympics delayed to 2021, Emma set the Australian Trials alight as she qualified for the 100m freestyle and butterfly events, while also featuring heavily in Australia’s relay teams.
Now settled into life on the Gold Coast, Emma trains at Griffith University with long term coach Michael Bohl.
Emma is also undertaking a Bachelor of Public Health at Griffith University, complimenting her passion in global health issues.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys good coffee, days at the beach, skiing and time back home with family at Lake Conjola with their dog Jax.
Emma has been a brand ambassador of Speedo since a young age. She is also a part of the Nike and Coca Cola global brand ambassador teams.
I just love being in the water. I was a water baby and we did everything around the water as a family. I got into competitive swimming as I love to race.
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