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Chloe Rayner

Chloe Rayner

Athlete Biography

Chloe Rayner’s dominance in the -48kg division over the past four years will pay off in the form of her Olympic debut in Rio. The pocket-rocket has claimed the past five Oceania Championships and also won the three National Championships she contested between 2012-14.

Rayner was born in Essex in the United Kingdom and took up judo three months before moving to Australia at the age of nine.

She secured a spot on the Commonwealth Games Team for the 2014 Glasgow Games. After going down in the semi-finals, Rayner showed her resolve by bouncing back to win the bronze medal after defeating Marcelle Monabang of Cameroon.

After surgery midway through 2015 she came back better than ever. In what proved to be crucial to her Rio qualification, Rayner finished fifth in the African Open in late 2015 before claiming the 2016 Oceania title in golden point over New Zealand’s Emma Rouse.

Having just missed out on securing an automatic qualification via Olympic adjusted rankings, Rayner secured Australia’s additional continental quota to book her ticket to Rio.

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Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2016 Oceania Championships (Canberra, Australia)
  • 7th – 2015 Oceania Open (Wollongong, Australia)
  • 5th – 2015 African Open (Port Luis, Mauritius)
  • 1st - Queensland International Open (Brisbane, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Making my first Olympic Games for Rio 2016.
  • Winning bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Winning the Oceania Championship five times running from 2012-2016


  • Secondary
    Trinity College (QLD, Australia)


  • Coach
    Stewert Brain, Toshi Nakamura, Rob Katz
  • Club
    Ohori Judo Club (Gumdale, QLD)& Budokan Judo Club (Castle Hill, NSW)
  • Primary Training Base
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Sydney, Australia


Favourite holiday destination
Dream car
White Range Rover
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
When Steven Bradbury won gold at 2002 Winter Olympics
Most Influential person in your career/life
My mother and sister
Why this sport?
My dad and his brother did the sport when they were kids and my dad decided that he wanted to throw me in and see how I'd do. I instantly fell in love with the sport and showed natural talent and I've never looked back.