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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 - 15th (10km Open Water); 16th (800m Freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 6th (10km Open Water) - 2011 London Test Event (London, Great Britain)
  • 4th (10km Open Water) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 13th (800m) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 1st (10km Open Water) - 2011 National Open Water Championships (Penrith, Australia)
  • 2nd (800m) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the 5km open water at the 2009 World Championships
  • Winning a bronze medal in the 10km open water at the 2010 World Championships
  • Winning gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships

Interesting Facts

  • Making her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Games, Gorman finished 15th in the 10km open water swim and 17th in the 800m pool event.
  • After Beijing, Gorman hit a career high when she won gold in the 5km open water event at the 2009 World Championships. At the 2010 and 2011 World Championships, Gorman has again proven her mettle in marathon swimming winning bronze in the 10km event in 2010 and placing 4th in the 10km in 2011 - securing her a berth at the 2012 London Games.
  • Gorman competed at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympic Festival finishing 6th in the 1500m freestyle and 5th in the 4x200m freestyle.
  • Swimming from six years of age, Gorman took up the sport because of chronic asthma.
  • An athlete with an interesting family, Gorman has seven foster brothers and sisters, ranging from 1 to 15 years of age.


Years on national team



Ken Wood (2001 - current)

Primary Training Base

Brisbane, Australia


Redcliffe Leagues Swim Club (QLD, Australia)


QLD Academy of Sport, Brisbane



Boondall State School (QLD, Australia)


Clayfield College (QLD, Australia)


Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psyc) - Queensland University of Technology (2005- 2010)

Swimming Team

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