Famous Australian Swimmers

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Dawn Fraser
(Swimmer)

Dawn Fraser
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Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balmain

Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer. She won the Olympic individual event the women's 100-meter freestyle three times in her career. She also won six Commonwealth Games gold medals. Much respected for her athletic abilities, she was also known for her controversial behavior. She became a swimming coach after her retirement. She is also a former politician.

 2 
Grant Hackett
(Swimmer)

Grant Hackett
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Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southport

 3 

Stephanie Rice
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Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 4 
Shane Gould
(Swimmer)

Shane Gould
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Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

 5 
Ian Thorpe
(Swimmer, Autobiographer)

Ian Thorpe
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Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Ian Thorpe is an Australian retired swimmer who won five Olympic gold medals. He predominantly competed in freestyle but was also skilled at backstroke and the individual medley. He emerged as the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics, with three gold and two silver medals. He is openly gay and often talks about the challenges of being homosexual. 

 6 
Leisel Jones
(Swimmer)

Leisel Jones
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katherine

 7 
Candice Warner
(Retired Australian Ironwoman and Surf life saver)

Candice Warner
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Birthdate: March 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Ariarne Titmus
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Birthdate: September 7, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 9 
Boy Charlton
(Swimmer)

Boy Charlton
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Birthdate: August 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: North Sydney Council
Died: December 10, 1975

 10 

Kieren Perkins
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Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 11 
Murray Rose
(Swimmer)

Murray Rose
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Birthdate: January 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: April 15, 2012

 12 

Eamon Sullivan
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perth

 13 
Justin Norris
(Swimmer)

Justin Norris
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Birthdate: June 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geraldton

Olympic bronze-winning Australian swimmer Justin Norris is known for his mastery in the butterfly and individual medley categories and for his catchphrase, “I’m stoked.” He won three golds at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is the father of Sabre Norris and her siblings from the YouTube channel The Norris Nuts.

 14 

Matthew Mitcham
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Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coopers Plains, Australia

 15 
Emma McKeon
(Swimmer)

Emma McKeon
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Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wollongong Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

 16 
Mack Holton
(Swimmer)

Mack Holton
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Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 17 
Emily Seebohm
(World record holder in the 50 m backstroke)

Emily Seebohm
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Birthdate: June 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 18 
Kyle Chalmers
(Swimmer)

Kyle Chalmers
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Birthdate: June 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Lincoln, Australia

 19 
Annette Kellerman
(Former Actress, Swimmer known as the star of the 1916 film A Daughter of the Gods was the first major actress to appear nude in a Hollywood production)

Annette Kellerman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marrickville, Australia
Died: November 6, 1975

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Libby Trickett
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Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

 21 
Kaylee McKeon
(Swimmer)

Kaylee McKeon
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Birthdate: July 12, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia

 22 
Michael Klim
(Swimmer)

Michael Klim
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Birthdate: August 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gdynia Gdynia, Poland

 23 
Susie O'Neill
(Swimmer)

Susie O'Neill
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Birthdate: August 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

 24 

Zac Stubblety-Cook
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Birthdate: January 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 25 
Geoff Huegill
(Former butterfly swimmer)

Geoff Huegill
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Birthdate: March 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gove Peninsula, East Arnhem, Australia

 26 
Damien Thomlinson
(Snowboarder)

Damien Thomlinson
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

Named an elite commando at age 24, Damien Thomlinson joined the Australian forces in Afghanistan and ended up losing his legs in an explosion orchestrated by the Taliban. Now a skilled para snowboarder and swimmer, he has also penned a best-selling memoir and been part of the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

 27 
Fanny Durack
(Swimmer, Diver)

Fanny Durack
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Birthdate: October 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: March 20, 1956

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Maddison Elliott
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Birthdate: November 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia

 29 
John Konrads
(Swimmer)

John Konrads
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Birthdate: May 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: April 25, 2021

 30 

John Maclean
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Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caringbah, Australia

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Duncan Armstrong
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Birthdate: April 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

 32 
Jodie Henry
(Swimmer)

Jodie Henry
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Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 33 

Bronte Barratt
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Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 34 
Petria Thomas
(Swimmer)

Petria Thomas
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Birthdate: August 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lismore, Australia

 35 

Michael Wenden
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Birthdate: November 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 36 
Brad Cooper
(Swimmer)

Brad Cooper
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Birthdate: July 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

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Brittany Elmslie
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Birthdate: June 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland

 38 
John Devitt
(Swimmer)

John Devitt
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Birthdate: February 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granville, Australia

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Lorraine Crapp
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Birthdate: October 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 40 
Michelle Ford
(Swimmer)

Michelle Ford
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Birthdate: July 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 41 
Clare Dennis
(Swimmer)

Clare Dennis
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Birthdate: March 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burwood, Australia
Died: June 5, 1971

 42 
Jon Sieben
(Swimmer)

Jon Sieben
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Birthdate: August 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 43 
Bob Windie
(Swimmer)

Bob Windie
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Birthdate: November 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Waverley, New South Wales, Australia

 44 
John Davies
(Swimmer, Judge)

John Davies
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Birthdate: May 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Willoughby, Australia
Died: March 24, 2020

Apart from being an Olympic gold medalist, Australian swimmer John Davies was also a UCLA graduate and later became a federal judge in the US. The breaststroke specialist became Australia’s first swimming gold medal winner since Clare Dennis, at Helsinki in 1952. He was also named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

 45 
Jon Henricks
(Swimmer)

Jon Henricks
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Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 46 
David Theile
(Swimmer, Surgeon)

David Theile
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Birthdate: January 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia

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Frederick Lane
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Birthdate: February 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Millers Point, New South Wales
Died: May 14, 1969

 48 
Kevin Berry
(Swimmer)

Kevin Berry
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Birthdate: April 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 7, 2006

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Beverley Whitfield
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Birthdate: June 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wollongong, Australia
Died: August 20, 1996

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Lyn McClements
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Birthdate: May 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nedlands, Australia