<h5>Tamsin Cook </h5>
<p>Jessica Ashwood and Tamsin Cook of Australia celebrate finishing first and second in the Women's 400 Metre Freestyle during day two of the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships at the South Australia Aquatic Centre on April 8, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.</p>
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Tamsin Cook

Tamsin Cook

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 01:50 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Women's 800m Freestyle - Heat 3

8:36.62 (7th)

(Local) / 11:55 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final

7:44.87 (2nd)

United States of America (USA)
Australia (AUS)
Canada (CAN)

(Local) / 02:31 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Heat 1

7:49.24 (1st)

(Local) / 11:01 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's 400m Freestyle Final

4:05.30 (6th)

Katie Ledecky (USA)
Jazz Carlin (GBR)
Leah Smith (USA)

(Local) / 02:46 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's 400m Freestyle - Heat 4

4:04.36 (4th)

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Athlete Biography

Tamsin Cook was the youngest swimmer selected on to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team when the 17-year-old handled the pressure of the trials and confirmed her place at Rio 2016.

She claimed second in the 400m freestyle behind World Championship bronze medallist Jess Ashwood to secure her spot on her maiden Olympic Team. Her time of 4:06.38 was just 0.21 seconds off her personal best.

Cook finished second again behind Ashwood in the 800m freestyle and just missed the qualifying time by an agonising 0.05 seconds. She was later selected in the event.

The youngster announced herself as star of the future at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. She won gold in the 400m freestyle, was a part of the junior world record breaking 4x200m freestyle gold medal winning team and also won silver in the 200m butterfly. Just under a year out from the Rio Games, Cook set her personal best time of 4:06.17 in Singapore. That time made her the sixth fastest Australian female swimmer in the event.

The South African born athlete moved with her family to Perth Australia at the age of 8 in 2007. In Perth she enjoyed surf club, hockey and horse riding before focusing on swimming.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (400m freestyle) - 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 2nd (800m freestyle) - 2016 Australian Swimming Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 4th (400m freestyle), 4th (800m freestyle) - 2016 Victorian Open Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (400m freestyle) – 2015 World Junior Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 2nd (4×200m freestyle relay) – 2015 World Junior Championships (Adelaide, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a silver medal and qualifying for my first Olympic games in the 400m freestyle at the Australian Championships.
  • Being a part of the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay team with Shayna Jack, Lucy McJannett and Gemma Cooney which broke the Junior World record and won gold at the World Junior Championships in Singapore in 2015.
  • Winning gold in the 400m Freestyle at the World Junior Championships in 2015.


  • Primary
    Carine Primary School, WA, Australia
  • Secondary
    SIDE, Schools of Isolated and Distance Education


  • Coach
    Mick Palfrey ( November 2013 to current)
  • Club
    UWA West Coast Swim Club, HBF Stadium, Perth WA
  • Institute/Academy
    WAIS West Australian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Perth WA


Favourite food
Dark Chocolate
Favourite holiday destination
Coral Bay WA, South Africa,
Personal Motto
Be the change you wish to see in the world
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
A team sport
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman winning the 400m gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
First Olympic Memory?
Watching the 2008 Olympics on TV
Most Influential person in your career/life
My Mum, and other inspiring women.
Why this sport?
Its exciting, true, and being successful depends on how hard you are willing to work.