In a career that began at just 14 years old Nicole Livingstone remains in the hearts and minds of Australian’s as one of this country’s greatest swimmers. Her achievements are numerous, encompassing all major international competitions in which she was a member of the Australian Swimming Team for 12 consecutive years. On retirement Nicole turned to the media where she has notched up a successful career as a sports commentator. Her energy and on-camera presence have made her a popular and entertaining TV personality.
One of the all-time greats of Australian Swimming, Nicole Livingstone was a member of the Australian swimming team for twelve consecutive years from 1985 - 1996.
Her international career began at just fourteen when she travelled to Tokyo for the 1985 Pan Pacific Championships.
In 1987 she began the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer at the national titles, winning ten consecutive 100m backstroke titles between 1987 and 1996.
Her career achievements speak for themselves. She has won an impressive number of medals at three Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and six Pan Pacific Championships. She also broke a world record in the 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.
Nicole has played a prominent part representing her fellow athletes during the Sydney 2000 bid. She has also been kept busy in her role on the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission from 1992 - 2000 and as the inaugural Chairperson of the AIS Athletes Commission. She is also a current member of the Australian Swimming Inc's Strategy and Development Committee
Following the 1996 Olympic Games Nicole retired from competitive swimming and is now enjoying her professional career in television which has seen her in a variety of positions from the host's chair of Channel 9's flagship sports programs: Wide World of Sports and Sports Saturday to hosting the Commonwealth Games and as a sports commentator/host with their Logie award winning swimming coverage. She is also on the board of the State Centre Trust and Chair the Victorian Government’s Community Advisory Committee for Positive Body Image
Currently Nicole is keeping busy as a daily radio presenter in the drive time shift on SEN Melbourne, Australia's first 24 hour sport radio network. She is also the Director of OvCa Australia, The National Ovarian Cancer Network an organisation she founded after the death of her mother in July 2001.
Nicole addressed a warm, receptive audience of around 70, highlighting the issues facing women including herself, in various settings and gaining recognition and parity for their contributions.
Connect Health and Community
Nicole was sensational! Nicole has a holistic view of the sporting industry due to her time as a professional athlete and the wider industry due to her commentating and TV hosting– she is a confident presenter and has a well formed opinion. Our audience was particularly impressed by her polished and down to earth style and her ability to answer questions from left of field – the session was authentic, real and timely. We were also extremely impressed by Nicole’s business and charity endeavours and appreciated the promotion of equal opportunity and how having parity in management teams results in better outcomes and team efficiencies.
Professional, knowledgeable, personable and added value way beyond the run sheet.
I count myself to be so lucky to be able to attend this breakfast … Nicole made me feel that success is attainable in whatever I put my mind too
Feedback from one of our guests
Nicole nailed the brief and then added more. We were delighted with her presentation on the day. Nicole was personable, relatable and just what we were looking for to showcase the strength of women on International Women’s Day.
What a very nice Lady, what is there not to be proud of as a person and as a Olympian
Municipal Works Officers Association
Nicole was very engaging, personable and a delight to have speak at our awards night. Everyone commented on what a fantastic speaker she was and what an enjoyable night they had. Thank you.
Whitehorse City Council
Built rapport really well with the Team. Very open & warm. Spoken from the heart.
National Australia Bank
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 professional 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.
Fairfax Community Newspapers
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.
We were delighted with Nicole's presentation, she was warn and we felt like we had known her for years!
Nicole was amazing! What a professional, warm and generous MC she turned out to be. Nicole quickly understood what it was we hoped to achieve for our event and she delivered. Nicole was brilliant and we would certainly have her back again.
Colin Marshall Director, Campus Life University of Ballarat
Nicole is simply fabulous. She is professional, entertaining and ensured our event ran smoothly. Easy & pleasant to deal with & look forward to having her at our next graduation ceremony.