Nicole Livingstone

Nicole Dawn Livingstone, OAM (born 24 June 1971) is an Australian former competitive swimmer. Since retiring from swimming Livingstone has had careers as a television sports commentator and media presenter and as a sports administrator. She was known for a period as Nicole Stevenson, when she was married to Australian cyclist Clayton Stevenson.

Nicole Livingstone
Personal information
Full nameNicole Dawn Livingstone
National teamAustralia
Born (1971-06-24) 24 June 1971
Melbourne, Victoria
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
ClubMelbourne Vicentre

Swimming career

Livingstone competed for Australia in three summer Olympics - 1988, 1992, and 1996 - winning both individual and team medals. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

She held the Australian record for the 200-metre backstroke, with at time of 2:10.20, set on 31 July 1992 at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for 16 years. Meagen Nay broke the Australian record twice at the 2008 Australian Olympic Trials. Notably, she is the only Australian swimmer to have competed in six successive Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Notable races

  • 1991 World Aquatics Championships (Perth), 4x100 medley relay, 2nd place Australia (with Linley Frame, Susie O'Neill, Karen Van Wirdum)
  • 1992, 200 m backstroke, set world short course record, Melbourne.
  • 1992 Summer Olympics, 200 m backstroke, Bronze medal.
  • 1996 Summer Olympics, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, Bronze medal (with Julia Greville, Emma Johnson, Susan O'Neill)
  • 1996 Summer Olympics, 4 × 100 m medley relay, Silver medal (with Samantha Riley, Susan O'Neill, Sarah Ryan)

Media career

She retired from swimming after the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, and joined the Australian sports network Nine Network as a host of Nine's Wide World of Sport, and a commentator for swimming.

Livingstone is currently a radio presenter for Melbourne station SEN 1116 and presenter at Network Ten and also a panelist and fill in presenter for Carrie Bickmore on The Project.

Livingstone worked for Wide World of Sports as a host of the self-titled program and as a host of Sports Saturday. She was host of Any Given Sunday with Mick Molloy in 2006.

In March 2007, she was appointed the sports presenter on Nine News PM Edition. She was replaced by Tim Sheridan.

In November 2008, Livingstone resigned from the Nine Network to work for Network Ten's new sports channel One HD which commenced in 2009. Livingstone's final appearance on the Nine Network was on Nine's Wide World of Sport.

In 2011, she was a fill in presenter on Network Ten's Sports Tonight and a panellist on Thursday Night Live.

For the 2012 London Olympics, she and Bruce McAvaney provided swimming commentary for International Olympic Committee's English language international feed.

Other roles

Livingstone is active in promoting drug-free sports in Australia and is involved in the Australian Olympic Committee's "Live Clean, Play Clean" anti-doping education program. She was also a board member of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA), whose mission is to combat drug use in sports.

Livingstone sits on the Board of Swimming Australia and has been the Chief Executive of the Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club since July 2014.

Livingstone was announced as the Australian Football League's head of women's football on 16 November 2017. She is responsible for managing the AFL Women's competition.[2]


Livingstone was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1997 for service to swimming as a representative at state, national and international levels.[3]

A Sydney RiverCat ferry was named after Livingstone in 1995.

See also


  1. AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Whiting, Michael (16 November 2017). "Former Olympian named woman's footy boss".
  3. "Nicole Stevenson". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 3 January 2007.
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