Bronte Campbell

Bronte Campbell OAM (born 14 May 1994) is an Australian competitive swimmer, an Olympic gold-medal winner and world champion. Her older sister, Cate, is also a competitive swimmer, and once held world records in both the short and long course 100 metre individual freestyle events. Bronte and Cate are the first Australian siblings on the same Olympic swimming team since the 1972 Olympics and the first Australian sisters ever to compete within the same swimming event at the Olympics.[2][3] Bronte Campbell won three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, including the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.

Bronte Campbell
Personal information
National team Australia
Born (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994
Blantyre, Malawi
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
ClubCommercial SC
CoachSimon Cusack

Early life

Campbell is the second of five children born to Eric (an accountant) and Jenny (a nurse) Campbell. She has an older sister, Cate, two younger sisters and a younger brother, Jessica, Abigail and Hamish. Hamish has severe cerebral palsy and requires around-the-clock care.[4] She shares a birthday with Hamish, with Hamish being four years younger.[5] Jenny used to be a synchronised swimmer and taught her four daughters to swim.[6]


Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and she and Cate joined the Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane that same year. Their coach at Commercial, Simon Cusack, continues to coach both sisters.

In 2009, Bronte won gold in the 50 metre freestyle at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival then in 2011, she won gold in the same event at the 2011 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru.


Campbell competed in the women's 50 meter freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She and her sister Cate swam in the same heat, finishing second and third, respectively, and qualifying for the semi-final in ninth and tenth place, respectively.[7]


At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won silver in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events finishing behind sister Cate in both and qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the World Championships, she teamed up with Cate, Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 of a second behind the United States.[8]


Competing at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Doha, she won two silver medals, one in the 50 metre freestyle event (timing 23.62) behind Ranomi Kromowidjojo, and the other in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay behind the Danish team. She finished fourth (timing 51.65) in the finals of the 100-metre freestyle event, behind Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Sarah Sjöström.[9]


At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she won three gold medals and one bronze. She finished first in the 100 metre freestyle event (in 52.52), beating Sarah Sjöström and Cate Campbell,[10] and the 50 metre freestyle event (in 24.12), beating Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Sarah Sjöström.

She also won gold in the 4×100 metre freestyle relay, beating the Dutch and US teams by a comfortable lead,[11] and a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay behind the Chinese and Swedish teams.[12]


At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Campbell represented Australia in both the 50 m and 100 m freestyle, as well as the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay (in which they came first and set a new world record).[13] Despite being the reigning world champion in the 50 and 100 m freestyle, she did not win a medal in these events.

Personal life

Campbell is a student at Queensland University of Technology, where she is studying Business,[14] majoring in Public Relations.[15]

Campbell attends a local Baptist church in Brisbane.[16]

Until December 2016, Campbell lived with her sister, Cate. As of 2017, they are no longer housemates, and she currently resides in Coorparoo.[17]

She is also a talented poet, writing poems and reading them out to the swim team before a competition to give them motivation.[18][19]

See also


  1. "Bronte Campbell". FINA. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  2. "Bronte Campbell".
  3. "Campbell Sisters to swim in London". Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  4. "Sister act set to rock Glasgow pool". Fox Sports. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  5. "Subscribe | heraldsun". Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  6. "Sport on Saturdays: Meet Cate Campbell, Olympic swimmer". Mamamia. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  7. Women's 50m Freestyle: Heats Archived 22 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine,
  8. "Final results of Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships" (pdf). Omega Timing. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  9. Final Results
  10. Final results
  11. Final results
  12. "Final results". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  13. "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  14. "QUT News & Events Wrap". QUT. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. "Double trouble: Swim sisters". 15 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  16. "Sibling rivals in the pool". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  17. "Cate Campbell buying a Brisbane house -". 4 February 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  18. "Aussie swimmers the Campbell sisters doing it for themselves". Women's Health. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  19. "Bronte Campbell - the Poet Uncaged - Sportette". Sportette. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
Preceded by
Florent Manaudou, Jérémy Stravius, Mélanie Henique, Anna Santamans
Mixed 4 × 50 metres freestyle relay world record-holder
10 November 2013 – 14 December 2013
With: Regan Leong (10 November to 10 November), Tomaso D'Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Cate Campbell
Succeeded by
Sergey Fesikov, Vladimir Morozov, Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Veronika Popova
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