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Duncan Armstrong OAM


After Dinner

Champion Swimmer and Media Personality

Elite swimmer Duncan Armstrong caused more than a ripple when his performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics broke the then 200m freestyle world record and brought home the Gold. Duncan scooped up additional Gold and Silver medals in his career, prestigious honours including Young Australian of the Year, and an Order of Australia Medal. Like many sports people, Duncan successfully transitioned from the pool to media. His ease in the spotlight paved the way for several television and radio roles which he continues today along with developing corporate and community programs.

Born on the 7th April 1968 and raised in Rockhampton, North Queensland, Duncan Armstrong rose to national and international fame at the Seoul Olympics in September 1988, when he broke the world record to win the Gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle.

His infamy was enhanced by the outrageous antics of his coach, Laurie Lawrence who created an unprecedented media spotlight when Duncan won his Gold. Following his Gold medal victory, Duncan received a host of honours including Young Australian of the Year, and an Order of Australia Medal.

In addition to Gold at Seoul, Duncan won a Silver medal in the 400m freestyle, plus two Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games during his career.

After representing Australia at two Olympic Games, Duncan retired from the pool in 1993 to pursue a career in media. A fantastic year in 2000, saw Duncan enter into a new foray of day- time television on Channel Seven, presented as a regular host on Fox Sports Central and was an integral part of bringing the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games coverage live to your living room via Radio 2UE.

Duncan faces the Centenary of Federation, with his usual energetic youthfulness, and promises to deliver on every facet of his career. Media commitments will keep him well and truly in the limelight, whilst he will be continuing to develop great corporate and community programs with his long-term business partners Telstra and Westpac Banking Corporation.


  • Order of Australia Medal
  • Young Australian of the Year
  • Variety Club Sports Entertainer of the Year
  • World record holder – 200m Men’s Freestyle
  • Gold Medal – 200m Men’s Freestyle - Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea
  • Silver Medal – 400m Men’s Freestyle - Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea
  • Gold Medal – 200m Men’s Freestyle – Commonwealth Games
  • Gold Medal – 400m Men’s Freestyle – Commonwealth Games

Presentation Topics Include

  • Sport Swimming Media
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Fulfillment
  • Goal setting
  • Branding


“Excellent. Duncan not only attending our golf day but also acted as MC for the dinner and interviewed the other athletes in attendance. Feedback was excellent. He changes very easily between one-on-one and MC personas...he is very warm and approachable - perfect for the sort of day we were having which was a golf day where we wanted the athletes to mix with senior executives from our customers. He is obviously passionate about sport and made a terrific contribution to our day."
Fuji Xerox Australia

“Duncan was both informative and inspiration, his contribution to our event made it all the more successful. I have never been so inspired nor entertained from a guest speaker. I had numerous attendees comment on the segment where Duncan presented. I would and will highly recommend him to fellow business partners and wouldn’t hesitate using him again for future events."
Action COACH

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