Giaan Rooney

Giaan has been destined for greatness since her stunning 200m Freestyle victory in 2001 at age 20.

Giaan burst onto the international scene at the age of 15, winning Gold in the 100m Backstroke at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She demonstrated her versatility at the Sydney Olympics, finishing the meet in style with two Silver Medals from the relay events.

Giaan showed in her Gold Medal winning 200m Freestyle performance at the 2001 World Championships in Japan, she is every bit a world-class swimmer with willpower to burn. As a testament to her ability she was awarded the Queensland Female Junior Athlete of the Year in 2001.

Arguably Giaan's greatest achievement to date came as a key member of the 4x100m Medley Relay team at the  2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the lead swimmer Giaan clocked a new Australian 100m Backstroke record, and a little over 3 minutes later became an Olympic Champion and World Record holder as the team smashed the previous record set during the Sydney Olympics by the United States.

Giaan continued her record breaking form at the 2005 Telstra Australian Championships, adding to the 100m backstroke Australian Record she set earlier in the meet with a Commonwealth Record in the 50m backstroke. The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games saw Giaan add another two Silver Medals to her tally in the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

Giaan is Australia's leading female Backstroker of recent times and has enjoyed success equal to her hard work and resolve.

Since her retirement from swimming television viewers would have recently seen Giaan as the host of Postcards, while her media career includes reporting posts on Getaway and Wide World of Sports. Giaan has also hosted the Channel Nine program Battlefronts. Giaan has a Medal of the Order of Australia and swimming medals at every level of competition.
 
 

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