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With eight Olympic medals, Susie is one of Australia’s all time greats
Categories: Change Management, Motivational Speakers, Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Hailed as one of Australia’s greatest swimmers, Susie O’Neill has left a legacy unlike any other.
Susie holds a record of 35 Australian titles, 8 Olympic medals and a string of victories at both World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Susie pioneered Australia’s Olympic success in the early 90s and proved to be Australia’s most successful Olympian since Shane Gould in 1972 as well as the first gold medalist female since 1980.
During her international career, Susie won a remarkable 10 medals in her Commonwealth Games' appearances. Not only is this the most won by any Australian athlete, Susie also holds the most medals won with her eight medals - six of which were gold – at any Commonwealth outing (1988 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games).
After her one gold and three silver medals won in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Susie matched Dawn Fraser’s Australian record with the highest medal aggregate held by an Olympian. Following the 2000 Sydney Olympics, O’Neill retired from swimming and joined the International Olympic committee.
She has since fostered a strong media career and is now a co- host on Nova Brisbane’s hugely successful breakfast radio program.
Susie has been and always will be, revered by all the generations for her feats in the pool, charity work, humility and down to earth nature. She now juggles her role as a full-time mum to Alix and William (Bill) with sponsor, charity and media commitments. Susie also enjoys keeping fit and healthy by swimming, boxing and taking pilate classes each week and has recently taken up Triathlons.