Bronte Barratt OAM was born in Brisbane in 1989 and took up swimming from the age of 3. She has sport in her blood; her grandmother Margaret Johnson represented Australia in the Long Jump at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.
After making her international debut in 2005 at the World Champs in Montreal, she broke the oldest record in swimming for Australian women, Tracey Wickham’s 29-year-old benchmark in the 400m freestyle in 2007. From there, she realised her dream by competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, winning Gold in the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay and breaking the existing world record by 6 seconds (this is still the Australian record). In 2009, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for her exploits in the pool.
At the London Olympics in 2012, she won a Bronze medal in the women’s 200-metre freestyle and a Silver this time in the 4×200-metre relay. At the 2016 Games in Rio, she repeated the relay effort with a new team, while also notching a personal best in the 200m freestyle in finishing 5th. She promptly retired afterwards.
Bronte is due to complete a Degree in Medical Imaging Science and Radiography at the end of 2017 from the Queensland University of Technology.
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