Speakers Profile - Libby Trickett

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Libby is Australian Swimming's Golden Girl. The 23 year old is integral to the recent world dominance of Australia's female swimmers. In the past 18 months Libby has emerged as one of Australia's premier sportspeople having turned in numerous world-beating performances. With an infectious smile and affable persona, Libby is a not only a highly respected athlete, but a well recognised and revered personality.

Equally comfortable swimming Butterfly as she is Freestyle, and has won medals at several World standard meets in a variety of disciplines and distances. Whether it be 50m Freestyle dashes, 100m Butterfly, middle distance Freestyle or a thrilling Relay, Libby consistently finds herself on the dias and amongst the records.

Libby first came to prominence on the international sporting landscape at the 2004 Olympic selection trials. Here she broke Inge de Bruijn's 4 year old 100m Freestyle World Record and claimed the Australian Championship in the 50m freestyle. At the ensuing Athens Olympics, Libby claimed a Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle and Gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle

Now an Olympic Gold Medalist, Libby had the world at her feet. But the hardworking Queenslander did not rest on her laurels and pushed onwards and upwards in the years following.

In 2005, Libby broke the World Short Course records in the 100m and 200m Freestyle and won 3 x Gold medals at the FINA World Championships. This remarkable form continued throughout 2006. At the Commonwealth Games trials Libby reclaimed the 100m Freestyle World Record from good friend Jodie Henry. She then went on to snare an impressive haul of 5 x Gold and 2 x Silver medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Libby matched this amazing feat of 5 x Gold at the World Short Course championships held in Shanghai.

2007 saw Libby emerge as arguably the World's best female swimmer. This was exemplified at the Melbourne World Championships where Libby claimed another amazing 5 x Gold Medal haul. Days following the Championships Libby unofficially broke the 100m Freestyle World Record and, in doing so, became the first female to swim under 53 seconds for the distance. The time, although not ratified by FINA, was made even more amazing by the fact that Libby was swimming in the considerable wake of American Michael Phelps. Libby had now well and truly stamped her mark on world swimming and sport in general.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw Libby get rid of the monkey on her back with her first individual Gold Medal in the 100m Butterfly. Libby also collected a Gold medal in the Women's 4x100m medley Relay, a Silver in the 100m Freestyle and a Bronze in the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay.