Josh Beaver

Josh Beaver

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:28 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Backstroke Semifinal 1

1:56.57 (5th)

(Local) / 01:40 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Backstroke - Heat 4

1:56.65 (4th)

(Local) / 11:20 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 100m Backstroke Semifinal 2

53.95 (7th)

(Local) / 02:23 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 100m Backstroke - Heat 5

53.47 (3rd)

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Athlete Biography

Inspired by Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill, Joshua Beaver will make his Olympic debut in Rio after being selected in the men’s 100m and 200m backstroke.

Beaver just missed out on the Swimming Australia’s qualifying time in the men’s 100m backstroke, clocking 53.77, 0.18 seconds outside the nomination cut off. But in front of a packed crowd in Adelaide, he swam the race of his life in the 200m backstroke clocking 1:56.19.

Coached by Rohan Taylor, the 2015 World Championships finalist trains at the Nunawading swimming club in Melbourne.

Beaver overcame major shoulder surgery and a hernia operation between 2012 and 2014 to make it to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he claimed a silver in the 200m backstroke and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.

The Melburnian finished last year ranked ninth in the world for the 200m backstroke.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd - (200m backstroke) - 2016 Brisbane Grand Prix (Brisbane Australia)
  • 2nd (100m backstroke) – 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 8th (200m backstroke) – 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
  • 4th (100m backstroke) – 2015 FINA World Cup 2 (Paris, France)
  • 3rd (100m backstroke) and 2nd (200m backstroke) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland),

Career Highlights

  • 2x Silver 1x Bronze 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
  • Finishing 2015 ranked 9th in the World for 200 Backstroke
  • 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships finalist


  • Primary
    Tooradin Primary School
  • Secondary
    Haileybury College


  • Coach
    Rohan Taylor (2014 - current)
  • Club
    Nunawading Swimming Club
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Nunawading Aqualink
  • Secondary Training Base
    Police Academy (Glen Waverley)


Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Port Douglas
Favourite music
Foo Fighters
Dream car
Mercedes AMG C63
Star Sign
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
4x100 Freestyle Relay, Sydney Olympics
First Olympic Memory?
4x100 Freestyle Relay, Sydney Olympics