Glen Housman

Glen Clifford Housman (born 3 September 1971) is an Australian former long-distance freestyle swimmer of the 1980s and 1990s, who won the silver medal in the 1500-metre freestyle, swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics. His career was overshadowed by fellow Australian Kieren Perkins, and was also marred by illness.

Glen Housman
Personal information
Full nameGlen Clifford Housman
National team Australia
Born (1971-09-03) 3 September 1971
Rockhampton, Queensland
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
ClubCommercial Swim Club

Housman entered the international stage after winning the 400-, 800- and 1500-metre freestyle events at the 1989 Australian championships, gaining selection for the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, where he claimed gold in the 1500-metre event. He continued to improve, breaking the 1500-metre world record in Adelaide at the 1990 Australian championships to qualify for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. However, this record was disallowed as the electronic timing equipment failed as he touched the finishing wall, even though he was clearly ahead of the world record as he touched. This incident caused considerable embarrassment to Adelaide as they were later unsuccessful in their bid for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, losing to Kuala Lumpur. Housman proceeded to win a gold and silver in the 1500- and 400-metre freestyle events respectively in Auckland.

In 1991, Housman was struck down by illness, and was forced to sit on the sidelines as Perkins claimed the 1500-metre freestyle world record. He returned at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where despite swimming a fine race, he was completely overshadowed as Perkins swept all before him. Housman was once again absent in 1993 due to illness, returning to the pool for the 1994 Commonwealth Games only to finish 3rd in the 1500-metre freestyle, trailing Perkins and Daniel Kowalski. He also won gold in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay.

Housman's final international campaign at the 1996 Summer Olympics was a disappointment. He missed out on selection for the 1500-metre behind Perkins and Kowalski, and was relegated to the role of a heat swimmer for the 4×200-metre freestyle relay team, which later finished fourth.


  • 1990 – Australian Swimmer of the Year

Personal life

Housman married Jodie Clatworthy, a fellow Australian swimmer who competed at the 1988 Olympics.

See also


  • Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Books. p. 214. ISBN 0-7333-0884-8.

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