Nicole Livingstone began her swimming career at the age of 13 when she joined the Australian swimming team. Livingstone is one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, notably in the field of backstroke, and has seen success on the international stage on numerous occasions.
Nicole is also a board member of Swimming Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and is the Deputy Chair of VicHealth.
Along with her sister, Karen Livingstone, Nicole founded Ovarian Cancer Australia, after their mother sadly passed away from the disease. She is now patron of the organisation.
Upon retiring from swimming, Nicole began a long career in media in a variety of roles. Nicole provides sports commentary at events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as hosting shows across several broadcasting stations, including Wide World of Sports, Any Given Sunday and The Project.
Swimming: Nicole was in the Australian Swimming Team over 12 years between 1985-96, representing Australia in three Olympic games. In her Olympic debut in the 1988 Seoul Olympic games, Nicole competed in the 100m and 200m backstroke, finishing 7thand 5threspectively. In her second Olympic appearance in the 1992 Barcelona games, Livingstone won a bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke, breaking Australia’s 44-yearmedal drought in women’s backstroke. In her third and last Olympic appearance in 1996 in Atlanta, Nicole experienced her greatest success as she won silver in the 4x100m Medley Relay and bronze in the 4x200m relay.
In conjunction with her Olympic appearances, Livingstone’s efforts in the Commonwealth games were nothing short of outstanding. Her success included six gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. Furthermore, Livingstone also won four gold, two silver and one bronze in six appearances in the Pan Pacific Championships.
On a national level, Nicole remarkably defended 10 consecutive national backstroke titles between 1987-1996 - a record that is still unbroken today.
Livingstone retired from her international swimming career in 1996.
Awards & Recognition: Nicole was recognised for her incredible success through being awarded an Order of Australia in 1997 as well as an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Nicole is also a member of the Victorian Women’s Honour. Furthermore, in 2016, Nicole was historically voted into ‘The Carbine Club’ and was announced by the Victorian Government as Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Nicole was a perfect choice for our event, the Yarra Valley Water Safety Fun Days. Her passion for safety in the water really shone though, due to her experience as a mum to twins and as a p ... keep readingrofessional swimmer. Nicole presented herself extremely well, and this was commented on by numerous attendees at our launch Yarra Valley Water
Nicole had the audience eating out of the palms of her hands. She was engaging, witty, down to earth, and absolutely entertaining
Nicole was a great speaker - she was very interesting and very inspirational. We received very good feedback from our clients who attended this event. It was great that Nicole was willing to share with us such personal information about her life
Excellent. Nicole was a pleasure to work with. She is very friendly, open and passionate and really held the attention of the audience. Nicole got fully involved in the evening and mingled with guests after the awards were over
Nicole was fantastic. She fitted right in, spoke to guests and made everyone feel special. What an amazing person who fits into all situations with all people. Nicole was more than an MC she was like a guest with a story