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Melissa Gorman and Ky Hurst were the first athletes selected for the 2012 Australian Olympic Team on 22 December 2011.

Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 11th (10km Open Water Swim)

Recent Performances

  • 8th (10km open water) - 2011 London Test Event (London, Great Britain)
  • 5th (10km open water) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 1st (10km open water) - 2011 National Championships (Penrith, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Making the 2008 Olympic Team
  • Winning silver in the 5km open water at the 1998 World Championships in Perth

Interesting Facts

  • At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Hurst finished 11th in a frantic end of the 10km men's open water swim. Hurst finished in a time of 1 hr 52:13.70.
  • After the Beijing Games, Hurst stopped marathon swimming, returning to his surf lifesaving and ironman career. However, at the last minute he entered the 2011 National Championships in open water swimming - his first 10km marathon swim since Beijing. Hurst won the event in a time of 1 hour 55:04.30 and his dream of competing in a second Olympics begun.
  • Hurst contested the 10km event at the 2011 World Championships where he finished fifth, securing his berth for the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Hurst is the only man to have won 7 Australian Ironman titles and is regarded as one of the best ironmen in the history of surf lifesaving. He has won 27 Australian Surf titles and is a member of the Surf Lifesaving Hall of Fame.


Years on national team



Colin Braund (2008 - current)
Denis Cotterell (1997 - 2005) Tracey Menzies (2006 - 2008)

Primary Training Base

Gold Coast, Australia


Bond Swimming Club (QLD, Australia)


Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane



Terrigal Primary (NSW, Australia)


Terrigal High (NSW, Australia)

Swimming Team

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