Minna Atherton



Date of Birth



Brisbane, Queensland


David Lush

Career Highlights and Awards

Gwangju World Championships 2019:

  • Gold- 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay
  • Silver- 100m backstroke
  • Silver- 4x100m medley relay


Hangzhou World Short Course Championships 2018

  • Bronze- 100m backstroke
  • Bronze- 4x50m freestyle relay
  • Bronze- 4x200m freestyle relay


World Junior Championships 2015

  • Gold- 100m backstroke
  • Gold- 200m backstroke
  • Gold- 4x 100m freestyle relay
  • Silver- 50m backstroke


Minna Atherton is one of Australia’s most promising and up coming swimming prospects who is ready to make her mark on the international scene.

Minna was a part of the Australia Junior Swim team from 2014 and burst onto the scene at the 2015 World Junior Championships where she won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke whilst also equalling the junior world record in the 100m race. At the age of 16 Minna made her first senior team at the 2016 World Short Course in Windsor. In her final year of schooling in 2017, Minna withdrew from international competitions to focus on her study to ensure she was accepted into her chosen course. Consequently, Minna began her Biomedical Science degree in 2018 at Bond University as a recipient of the Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship.

In 2018, at the World Championships in Hangzhou, Minna won her first three senior international medals claiming bronze in the 100m backstroke, 4x50m freestyle relay and the 4x200m freestyle relay. In 2019, one year later, Minna improved yet again achieving a gold medal in the 4x100m relay and two silver medals in the 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay at the World Championships in Gwangju. With the inaugural International Swimming League beginning in 2019, Minna was selected in the London Roar team who finished second where she demonstrated her talent breaking the 100m backstroke world record with a time of 54.89 seconds.

Outside of the pool, Minna continues to complete her university course in Biomedical Science and she loves spending time with her three pets, friends and family.

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