Chelsea Lea Gubecka

Chelsea Lea Gubecka

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 09:00 AM 15 Aug (Rio)
Women's 10km

1:58:12.7 (15th)

Sharon van rouwendaal (NED)
Rachele Bruni (ITA)
Poliana Okimoto (BRA)

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Athlete Biography

At only 17 years-old, Queenslander Chelsea Gubecka will make her Olympic debut in the women’s 10km marathon swim at Rio, after booking her spot on the plane with a strong swim at the final Olympic qualifier in Setabul, Portugal.

Gubecka, who was born in Nambour, beat fellow Australian Kareena Lee for a position on the 2016 Team by finishing fourth in Portugal, clocking 1hr55min34sec.

The teenager was determined to secure her spot on the Team after narrowly missing the automatic quota spot at the 2015 World Championships where she finished 13th, with the top 10 taking home Rio qualification.

The youngster made her international debut at just 14 at the 2013 World Championships after she beat dual Olympian Mel Gorman at the Australian Championships that year. She finished 30th in her debut for the Australian Team.

Gubecka, coached by Michael Sage in Brisbane, started learn to swim classes when she just five months old. Coincidentally Sage was fellow Rio teammate Jarrod Poort’s junior coach.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 4th - 2016 Olympic qualifier (Setabul, Portugal)
  • 17th – 2016 World Cup (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 1st – 2016 Australian Championships (Mooloolaba, Queensland)
  • 13th – 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
  • 7th – 2015 World Cup (Mexico)

Career Highlights

  • 2014 Pan Pacific Games bronze medallist - 10km
  • 13th at 2015 World Championships - 10km
  • 2x National 10km champion


  • Primary
    Kawana Waters State College (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Kawana Waters State College (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Business Management - University of Sunshine Coast (2016 - current)


  • Coach
    Michael Sage (2014 - current)
  • Club
    Kawana Waters
  • Institute/Academy
    Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Queensland, Australia


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"A quitter never wins and winners never quit"
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