I am a three-time Olympic swimmer and four-time Olympic Gold medallist. I am a mum to Poppy Frances Trickett, and wife to Luke.
My Olympic journey did not come without its struggles and disappointments. In 2004, I went into the Athens Games as the fastest woman in the world, yet failed to reach the freestyle final. In 2008, I again faltered in the 100 metre freestyle in Beijing, a race in which I held the world record and was out-touched into silver by Germany’s Britta Steffen. However, in the 100m butterfly I was able to take out my first individual Olympic gold medal and won gold again in the medley relay final, to add to the freestyle relay gold I won in Athens. Overall, I came home from Beijing with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.
After retiring from swimming in 2009, I decided to make a comeback in late 2010 with the goal of making the London 2012 Games. At the 2012 Australian Olympic trials, I earnt a spot in the 4x100m freestyle relay and got to race in the heats of the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Olympics, before the Australian Team went on to finish first in the final, earning me a 4th Olympic gold medal. And in 2016 I was honoured for my achievements and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as an athlete member for the sport of swimming.
Out of the pool, I am a proud mum to Poppy Frances. My road to parenthood has not been without challenges. In 2014, I suffered a miscarriage that rocked me emotionally. As an athlete I knew I had to pick myself up and move on, but miscarriage can touch you in a way you might not expect because there’s a possibility of a life. The key is to acknowledge that loss and not try to push it away. On the 31st of August 2015, Luke and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world. Now one-year-old, Poppy is my absolute pride and joy.
These days Poppy, Luke and I reside in Brisbane where I work in a part time marketing role for a start-up tech company, study fitness and undertake numerous public speaking and ambassador roles. My journey in swimming and life has shown me the importance of having a strong support network, without whom I would not be where I am today. I am incredibly excited to be an ambassador for the Children’s Tumour Foundation Australia, to help families and individuals affected by NF, receive the support and assistance of this passionate community throughout their NF journey.