Dual Olympic gold medallist Bronte Campbell is making another play for victory on Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2022.
But how did she get to the boardroom from the swimming pool?
The 28-year-old Malawi-born Olympian first got her start in swimming in Lake Malawi. However, she wasn’t inspired to take up the sport competitively until she watched the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
At seven-years-old, Bronte joined a local Brisbane swimming club after moving to Australia with her parents and four siblings — Cate, Hamish, Abigail and Jessica —in 2001.
In 2012, Bronte and her elder sister, Cate, made history as the first Australian sisters to compete in the same event at the same Olympic Games.
Tackling the London Games’ 50m freestyle, Bronte and Cate finished in second and third place, before qualifying for the semi-final in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Four years on, the sprint swimming duo won gold together in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Rio Olympic Games.
The team, rounded out by Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie, further broke the world record for the heat. This saw them become Olympic Champions with a time of 3:30.65, beating Australia’s previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
At the same Games, Bronte finished fourth in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 50m freestyle.
Bronte and Cate Campbell Continue to Make History
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Bronte became the third swimmer to win back-to-back gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
She and Cate also became the first family to stand on a championship podium together as individuals when Cate placed third in the 100m.
That same year, Bronte shared the award for Australian Swimmer of the Year with fellow Olympian, Emily Seebohm.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Bronte (also known in the sport as “Black Caviar”) broke another two games records. This came with gold medals in the 100m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay team.
At the 2019 World Championships, the swimmer claimed gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and the mixed 4x100m medley relay.
She also took silver in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay event.
Several shoulder, neck and hip injuries cast doubt on Bronte’s place on the 2020 Australian Olympic team. However, with the games delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the history-making athlete saw it as an opportunity to regroup before taking out more medals.
At the Tokyo games, Bronte won gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the mixed 4x100m medley relay.
What Does Bronte Campbell Do When She’s Not Swimming?
Outside of the pool, Bronte gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 2018, following her studies at Queensland University of Technology.
Further adding to the Campbell legacy, Bronte and Cate penned their first book together in 2021.
Sister Secrets, which was released in November, featured personal highs and lows from their expansive careers.
The same year, Bronte was featured in Amazon Prime’s A Head Above Water, a documentary series looking at the life of an Olympic Swimmer.
The 2021 special focused on four Australian swimmers, including Bronte, Ian Thorpe, kyle Chambers and Cody Simpson.
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