Justin Neville Norris is an Australian swimmer, ‘Olympic’ medalist, and ‘YouTube’ sensation. He attended the ‘Australian Institute of Sport’ in Canberra on a scholarship and was selected to represent Australia at the 1999 ‘Pan Pacific Championships’ in Sydney. He won a bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly event at the 2000 ‘Summer Olympics’ held in Sydney, Australia, his first ‘Olympic’ event. His swimming feats also include winning a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2001 ‘FINA World Championships’ held in Fukuoka, Japan, and three gold medals, one each at the 400-meter and 200-meter individual medley events and the 200-meter butterfly event, at the 2002 ‘Commonwealth Games’ held in Manchester, England. Justin has also gained immense fame as a ‘YouTube’ sensation. He runs his YouTube channel, ‘The Norris Nuts,’ along with his wife, Brooke, and their five children, Sabre, Sockie, Naz, Biggy, and Disco. The channel has gained millions of subscribers and an incredible count of views. The other ‘YouTube’ channels of the family, namely, ‘Norris Nuts Do Stuff,’ ‘Norris Nuts Gaming,’ and ‘Norris Nuts Squad,’ have also earned considerable fame with time.
Childhood & Early Life
Justin Neville Norris was born on June 3, 1980, in Geraldton, Western Australia. There is little information available on his family background, parents, and early life. It is, however, known that the ace swimmer grew up in Geraldton.
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In 1999, Justin moved from Stockton, New South Wales, to attend the sports training institution called the ‘Australian Institute of Sport’ (AIS) in Canberra after he obtained a scholarship. He was named to the Australian team set to compete at the ‘Pan Pacific Swimming Championships,’ a long-course (50 m) event, in 1999. The event was held from August 22 to 29 that year at the ‘Sydney International Aquatic Centre’ in Sydney, Australia.
The 2000 ‘Summer Olympic Games’ held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, marked the first ‘Olympic’ event for the then-newcomer Justin. However, he could not put up a good start and finished sixth, with a time of 4:17.87, in the men's 400–meter individual medley event held at the ‘Sydney International Aquatic Centre’ on September 17 that year.
He, however, succeeded in qualifying for the final of the 200-meter butterfly event at the same competition. The event, which was held from September 18 to 19 that year, saw Justin clinch the bronze medal in an Oceanian record of 1:56.17. Top favourite Tom Malchow, a noted American competition swimmer, won the gold, while Denys Sylantyev of Ukraine earned the silver medal. As reported, Justin had repeatedly uttered the words "I'm stoked" while he was interviewed on the pooldeck. Over time, it has become his winning catchphrase.
His next feat was winning a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley event at the 2001 ‘FINA World Championships’ held in Fukuoka, Japan. This was followed by three gold medals at the 2002 ‘Commonwealth Games’ held at the ‘Manchester Aquatics Centre’ in Manchester, England, one each in the 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter individual medley, and the 400-meter individual medley.
He then participated in the 2003 ‘FINA World Championships’ held in Barcelona, Spain, but could not earn a medal. His performance in the 2004 ‘Summer Olympics’ held in Athens, Greece, was even more unimpressive, as he failed to reach the final round of any event. After returning to Australia, Justin left the ‘Australian Institute of Sport’ and returned to Newcastle. He announced that he would be taking a hiatus from swimming for a year in 2005.
Justin has also gained recognition through his ‘YouTube’ channel, ‘The Norris Nuts,’ which he runs along with his wife, Brooke, and five children, Sabre, Sockie, Naz, Biggy, and Disco. The channel was created on June 28, 2014, and has gained immense popularity with the ‘YouTube’ audience. It has also earned over 2.3 million subscribers and a whopping count of more than 470 million views, turning Justin and his family members into ‘YouTube’ sensations.
The other ‘YouTube’ channels of the family have also earned considerable fame. The kids’ adventure channel ‘Norris Nuts Squad,’ launched on April 25, 2017, has earned over 223 thousand subscribers and over 10 million views. ‘Norris Nuts Do Stuff,’ launched on October 4, 2018, has amassed over 815 thousand subscribers and over 127 million views. ‘Norris Nuts Gaming,’ launched on March 4, 2019, has gained over 266 thousand subscribers and over 14 million views.
Justin and his family have also made their presence felt on other social-media platforms, such as ‘Instagram,’ ‘Twitter,’ and ‘Facebook.’ While their ‘Instagram’ account, ‘norrisnuts,’ boasts of having more than 226 thousand followers, their ‘Twitter’ account, launched in June 2018, has also gained over 1.4 thousand followers.
Family & Personal Life
Justin and his wife, Brooke, have five children. They are Sabre Norris (aged 14 years), Cerrus “Sockie” Norris (aged 12 years), Coda “Biggie” Norris (aged 10 years), Nazzy “Naz” Norris (aged 8 years), and Disco Norris, who is around 10 months old. The couple are expecting their sixth child together.