Giaan Rooney is a national hero and inspirational sportsperson. Her achievements in the pool have been nothing short of outstanding and her meteoric rise to stardom began at only 15. Giaan has a string of Olympic and Commonwealth accolades and world record victories. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of the Medal of Australia. Giaan now concentrates her energies in the media where she enjoys several roles in front of the camera with the Nine Network.
With her trademark million-dollar smile firmly in place and an Olympic Gold Medal and World Record to her name, Giaan Rooney has had a fantastic career. Giaan has been destined for greatness since her stunning 200m Freestyle victory in 2001 at age 20. This victory was described in The Australian as “not so much of a step as a Beamonesque leap into the future" (30/7/01).
Giaan burst onto the international swimming 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.
Arguably Giaan’s greatest achievement to date came as a key member of the 4x100m Medley Relay team at the recent 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.
The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games saw Giaan add another two Silver Medals to her tally in the 50m and 100m backstroke events in front of her home crowd. It was after this Meet, Giaan decided to hang up her togs and start her new career in front of the camera.
A keen supporter of New Life Care and the Lord Smith Animal Hospital, Giaan enjoys relaxing with friends, motor sport, bush walking and bike riding in her spare time.
Among Giaan’s many achievements, she was the recipient of the 2001 Qld Female Junior Athlete of the Year, 2004 Female Backstroker of the Year and in 2005 was awarded the Order of the Medal of Australia.
Giaan is now signed to the Nine Network as a presenter. Her first role will be to participate in “Torvill & Dean’s Dancing on Ice". Giaan will also appear regularly on “Any Given Sunday" and “Postcards" for the “Today Show".
Life couldn’t be better for Giaan and we all look forward to seeing her strive for excellence in her new profession.
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