Olympian, sports presenter, public speaker – Duncan Armstrong is all these things and more. Duncan approaches everything with the same zestful attitude that helped him win gold at the Seoul Olympics… and has inspired countless others, to achieve their highest corporate and personal goals.
Raised in the Central Queensland town of Rockhampton, Duncan Armstrong rose to national and international fame at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 when he broke the world record to win the Gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle.
Duncan formed a winning relationship with madcap coach Laurie Lawrence which spanned 10 years, collecting Gold at the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific championships and numerous national and international competitions. During his stellar career Duncan also won a host of honours out of the water, including Young Australian of the Year and an Order of Australia medal. After representing Australia at two Olympic Games, Duncan retired from the pool in 1993 to pursue a career in media and corporate coaching. Duncan is currently contracted with Fox Sports and presents all their swimming coverage, as well as hosting Fox Sports Central on Sundays. Athens 2004 was Duncan’s third Olympics as a commentator, where he brought all the action from poolside with Radio 2GB.
Duncan faces each year with his usual energetic youthfulness, and promises to deliver on every facet of his career. Media commitments will keep him well and truly in the limelight, while he continues to develop great corporate and community programs with his long-term business partners Westpac Banking Corporation and Telstra.
“Success doesn’t just happen – you have to work hard for it,” says Duncan. “My career in swimming taught me that success is a process.”
Whether success is defined as a long-term corporate partnership, a positive media image or clients who themselves learn how to succeed, Duncan applies his success-oriented attitude to all areas in his life. As a result, success is achieved twice over. Duncan’s attitude makes him work hard to achieve the goals set with his clients and ensure a positive outcome – and happy clients.
And it is this same attitude, coupled with his enthusiasm and zest, which enables Duncan to inspire people of all ages and professions to strive to achieve their own personal and corporate success. “People have to learn how to achieve,” Duncan says. “Part of my job is to teach them.”
Awards and achievements
1989 Order of Australia Medal
1988 Young Australian of the Year
1988 World record holder – 200m Men’s Freestyle
1988 Gold Medal – 200m Men’s Freestyle, Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea
1988 Silver Medal – 400m Men’s Freestyle, Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea
1986 Gold Medal – 200m Men’s Freestyle, Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, Scotland
1986 Gold Medal – 400m Men’s Freestyle, Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, Scotland