18/04/2024

Cate Campbell, Team Flag Bearer, Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, July 7 2021. Photo by Delly Carr.

It was announced today that Female Swimmer Cate Campbell will be one of two Flag bearers for the Tokyo 2020 games.

Australian Swimmer Cate Campbell will be leading the Australian team out alongside Australian Boomer Patty Mills. After the pair was announced as Australia’s two flag bearers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Campbell will be Australia’s first female swimmer to carry the flag as well as the third swimmer to do so. With Max Metzker (Moscow 1980) and Andrew (Boy) Charlton (Los Angeles 1932) doing so previously.

Tokyo will be Campbell’s fourth Olympics, attending every Olympics since her first games at Beijing in 2008.

On her Olympic debut, Campbell came home with two bronze medals in the 4x100m freestyle alongside Libby Trickett (Lenton), Alice Mills and Melanie Schlanger as well as the 50m freestyle.

Campbell kicked off her 2012 Olympic campaign in style claiming her first gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle alongside Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger.

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At the Rio games in 2016, Campbell claimed her second gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle this time alongside Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Cate and her sister Bronte. The quartet beat a world record with a time of 3:30.98.

Also in Rio Campbell claimed Silver in the 4x100m medley alongside Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown and Emma McKeon.

Cate Campbell, Team Flag Bearer, Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, July 7 2021. Photo by Delly Carr.

In 2018 Campbell was diagnosed with stage I melanoma, since then she’s been an advocate for getting regular skin checks and is a National Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia.

Campbell was named in the Dolphins leadership team for 2019/20 alongside Mitch Larkin, Jess Hansen, Alex Graham and her sister Bronte.

Cate Campbell says she’s humbled to be selected.

“It’s always an honour to represent Australia at the Olympics, but this year is even more special.

“Twelve months ago, I wasn’t even sure if there would be an Olympics. The postponement threw up so many challenges for everyone. More than ever, the Olympics feels like a celebration of the human spirit; a reminder of what we can achieve if we work together.

“Leading the Australian Team out for these Olympics carries extra significance – every one of us, rookies and seasoned Olympians alike, have had to dig deep to earn a spot on this team; and I am incredibly honoured to be leading us out.”

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