Gold medallist and media personality Giaan Rooney talks about her past achievements and new ambitions.
I learned to swim when I was only three months old. I grew up in Queensland, so I was a water baby.
At my primary school swimming carnival, a friend asked me to join her swim club and I started going twice a week. I begged my parents to let me train more. I loved challenging myself. They said I could but school came first.
It’s important for me to have a dream as a goal, that’s what keeps me motivated.
I always knew I wanted to be in the media, even before swimming. I made sure that while I was swimming, wherever there were media opportunities I put my hand up for them. Someone told me, “It doesn’t matter what you do, you are going to have 50 percent of the population who loves what you do and 50 percent who hate what you do the best thing is to be true to yourself”. So I always try to just be me and make sure I can laugh at myself stuff-ups are inevitable. Read more