Nicole Livingstone

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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


Nicole Livingstone began her swimming career at the age of 13 when she joined the Australian swimming team. Livingstone is one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, notably in the field of backstroke, and has seen success on the international stage on numerous occasions.

Nicole was in the Australian Swimming Team over 12 years between 1985-96, representing Australia in three Olympic Games. In her Olympic debut in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Nicole competed in the 100m and 200m backstroke, finishing 7thand 5threspectively. In her second Olympic appearance in the 1992 Barcelona games, Livingstone won a bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke, breaking Australia’s 44-year medal drought in women’s backstroke. In her third and last Olympic appearance in 1996 in Atlanta, Nicole experienced her greatest success as she won silver in the 4x100m Medley Relay and bronze in the 4x200m relay.

In conjunction with her Olympic appearances, Livingstone’s efforts in the Commonwealth Games were nothing short of outstanding. Her success included six gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. Furthermore, Livingstone also won four gold, two silver and one bronze in six appearances in the Pan Pacific Championships. On a national level, Nicole remarkably defended 10 consecutive national backstroke titles between 1987-1996 – a record that is still unbroken today.

Livingstone retired from her international swimming career in 1996. Nicole was recognised for her incredible success through being awarded an Order of Australia in 1997 as well as an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Nicole is also a member of the Victorian Women’s Honour. Furthermore, in 2016, Nicole was historically voted into ‘The Carbine Club’ and in 2017 was announced by the Victorian Government as Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport. Upon retiring from swimming, Nicole began a long career in media in a variety of roles. Nicole has provided sports commentary at events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as hosting shows across several broadcasting stations, including Wide World of SportsAny Given Sunday and The Project.

In 2017,  Nicole was announced as the AFL’s Head of Women’s Football which includes the responsibility of delivering the AFLW competition.  Nicole is a mother to three and along with her sister, Karen Livingstone, founded Ovarian Cancer Australia, after their mother sadly passed away from the disease. She is now patron of the organisation.

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