Susie O’Neill

One of Australia's all time swimming greats.


One of Australia’s most successful ever swimmers, Susie O’Neill holds a record 35 Australian titles, 8 Olympic medals and a string of victories at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Previous experience

Swimming After narrowly missing selection as a fourteen-year-old for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Susie’s career took off at the 1990 Commonwealth games with gold and silver medals. Incredibly, Susie never came home without a medal from any international competition, a streak stretching from 1990 to 2000. As a result of her unrivaled success, Susie was recognized as Australia’s most outstanding Olympic performer since Shane Gould in 1972 and was the first Australian female swimming Olympic gold medalist since 1980.

During her international career, Susie won a remarkable 10 medals in her Commonwealth Games appearances. Not only is this the most won by any Australian athlete, Susie also holds the most medals won in a single games with her 8 medals, 6 of which are gold, in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. After her one gold and three silver medals won in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Susie equaled Dawn Fraser’s Australian record of the biggest medal aggregate held by an Olympian. Following the 2000 Sydney Olympics, O’Neill retired from swimming and continued her career in the International Olympic Committee. In her career, Susie achieved some of the sporting and Australia’s highest awards and accolades. These include 1995 Australian Swimmer of The Year, 1996 Female Olympian of The Year, Australian Female Athlete of The Year 1996/8 as well as 1997 Order of Australia.

In 2005 Susie resigned from the IOC to spend more time at home with her young family.

Current work Susie now juggles her role as a full-time mum to Alix and William with sponsor, charity and media commitments. Susie also enjoys keeping fit and healthy by swimming, boxing and taking Pilate classes each week and has recently taken up Triathlons.

Susie has and always will be revered by all generations for her feats in the pool, charity work, humility and down to earth nature.