Jake Packard - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Jake Packard

Career highlights

  • Part of the bronze medal winning 4 x 100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Qualified for his first Olympics in Rio, 2016
  • Finishing 4th in the 100m breaststroke at the 2015 FINA World Championships 

Australian representative honours and results

  • 2018 Pan Pacific Championships- gold medallist 4x100m mixed medley relay, silver medallist 100m breaststroke, bronze medallist 4x100m medley relay
  • 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games- gold medallist and Games record 4x100m medley relay, 4th place 50m breaststroke, 4th place 100m breaststroke
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games- bronze medallist 4x100m medley relay, 9th place 100m breaststroke
  • 2015 FINA World Championships- silver medallist 4x100m medley relay, 4th place 100m breaststroke
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Championships- bronze medallist 4x100m medley relay, 6th place 100m breaststroke
  • 2014 World Short Course Championships- 11th place 200m breaststroke

Profile

DOB: 20 June 1994

Favourite event: 100m breaststroke

A near drowning in a backyard pool at the age of 4 was the starting point for Jake Packard’s wondrous career. It was this incident that led to him joining a squad team, swimming in the ocean and pool more often, and leading to him becoming a more confident swimmer. His career highlights include swimming at the Rio Olympic Games – he won bronze in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay – and getting his first international medal in the 100m breaststroke at last year’s Pan-Pacific Championships in Japan.

Jake is currently in his second year of a degree in Animal Ecology at USC, and is using his passion for animals and the ecosystem as a driving force to create some real change at the Great Barrier Reef. His ambition is to create a marine park on the Sunshine Coast that specialises in replanting coral spawn on to severely bleached / cyclone damaged areas of the reef.