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Magnussen calls time on his career
Two-time world champion James Magnussen has retired from competitive swimming after officially calling time on his career in the pool.
In a career spanning a decade, 28-year-old Magnussen is regarded as one of Australia’s premium sprint freestylers and boasts an illustrious list of achievements to his name – recording the second fastest time over 100m freestyle in a textile suit and amassing 15 medals at major international competitions.
He became a two-time world champion in the Men’s 100m Freestyle after winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2013, in Shanghai and Barcelona respectively. Remarkably, this accomplishment etched his name into the record books becoming the first Australian to win the Men’s 100m Freestyle title.
In 2012 he won silver in the 100m freestyle at the London Olympics, touching 0.01s behind USA’s Nathan Adrian.
He went on to win four medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, including claiming gold in the 100m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Following shoulder surgery in 2015 he returned to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he won a bronze medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
A regular member of the Men’s 4×100 Freestyle and Medley Relays, he won multiple medals including a gold in the 4x100m freestyle at the 2011 World Championships and the 2014 Pan Pacific Games.
Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AO congratulated Magnussen on a wonderful career.
“James has had a magnificent swimming career with multiple world titles to his name and an Olympic silver medal. “
He should be very proud of what he has achieved – very few people in the world have reached these heights in competitive sport.
” Reflecting on his decision to retire, Magnussen said he felt the time was right. “I have taken the time to make the best decision for myself moving forward and to do that I wanted to make sure I was in the best space mentally and physically before announcing my retirement.
“At 28 years of age I feel I could have swum at another Olympic Games, but with the lofty standards I have held myself to over the years and the high expectations I have, I believe now is the right time to step away from the sport.
“This has been the ride of my life and something I never even dreamed of being possible as a young kid growing up in Port Macquarie.
“I have enjoyed every moment and every experience, good or bad, and it has shaped the man that I am today. “
I have always been proud to stand on the starting blocks representing my family, my friends and my country. There is no greater honour or responsibility.
Throughout his swimming career Magnussen said he’s made wonderful friends and built strong relationships with many people within the sport. “Through swimming I have made lifelong friends and created memories that I will treasure forever. The people that I have worked with on a daily basis have been my source of motivation and inspiration,” Magnussen said.
“To my strength coaches, sport scientist, biomechanist, mind coach, dietician, manager, masseuse and physiotherapist, I have always been humbled by the time and effort you have invested in my career. You guys kept me smiling every day and hopefully I reciprocated that!
“To my coaches Mitch and Lach Falvey, Brant Best and Michael Mullens, you have shaped not only the swimmer I am but the man I am. Each of you have been a mentor to me and helped me navigate through the highest highs and lowest lows. I am forever grateful to have had you in my life and I know I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did without your input.
“Mum and Dad – the journey started with those five am alarms. You gave me every opportunity to succeed and supported me the whole way, I wouldn’t be here without you. I have strived my whole career to make you proud and hopefully when we look back on the journey together, I have been able to do just that.
“Finally, to my girlfriend Rose. Thank you for being there for me through this period. This decision to retire didn’t come easily but you have been there to support me through this tough time. I look forward to our future together with excitement.
05th June, 2019
Four-time wheelchair quad singles Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott was presented with his very own player-exclusive shoe – the Nike Court Air Zoom Zero ‘Alcott’ in a joint initiative between Dylan’s commercial partners, Nike and ANZ. The shoes was auctioned off after Dylan’s 2019 AO Title win, with all proceeds going to the Dylan Alcott Foundation.
21st January 2019
Emerging sprinter Jake Doran opened his season with an impressive victory in the 100m at the Sally Pearson Shield in Brisbane recording a time of 10.30s. Jake (18) has only once run faster when he recorded a blistering 10.15s to set a new Australian U20 and Oceanian record in Finland last July. Doran finished the 2018 season as the second fastest junior in the world.
20th January 2019
The Sports Group announces signing of emerging Wallabies star and QLD Reds backrower, Angus Scott-Young. Several Rugby pundits have the 21-year-old son of former Wallabies hard-man Sam Scott-Young in frame as the selection bolter for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The high-achieving youngster is also currently studying medicine on academic scholarship at the University of Queensland.
11th January 2019
Ellia Green wins TAG Heuer’s ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ award at the World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 Awards night in Paris.
11th June 2018
Superstar Dylan Alcott will join Hit Network’s national weekend breakfast show alongside Angus O’Loughline and Tanya Hennessy for the Dylan, Tanya and Angus show. Said Dylan: “I am really excited to be joining the SCA and Hit Network family. I am incredibly passionate about being able to use the medium of radio to reach out to and have fun with, a broad range of Australians. I can’t wait to get on air with the team following my 2019 Australian Open tennis campaign.”
16th January 2019
Australian Diamonds netballer Kim Ravaillion and partner Adam Treloar (Collingwood FC) were guests of Emirates at the Australian Open taking in all the action from Rod Laver Arena.
19th January 2019
Dylan Alcott has won his fifth straight Australian Open quad wheelchair singles title. He beat long-time rival and world number 2 David Wagner 6-4, 7-6(2). Alcott also took the doubles title with partner Heath Davidson.
26th January 2019
AFL Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell suffered a devastating injury during a tackling drill at Hawthorn’s pre-season training. The injury requires surgery and will likely see Mitchell miss the entire 2019 season. It is a disappointing blow for the slick midfielder who was shaping as the favourite to go back-to-back for the Brownlow Medal.
11th January 2019
Kurtis Marschall won the Men’s Pole Vault at the Canberra Track Classic, competing off his full run-up for the first time since breaking both his heels while competing in last year’s Diamond League final. Marschall will now head to Europe for a series of indoor meets. The last of those is an invitational and exclusive pole-vault only event hosted by world record holder Renaud Lavillenie in Clermont-Ferrand. Marschall will be chasing a World Championships qualifying mark of 5.71m. His personal-best is 5.86m.
28th January 2019
James Magnussen was invited to speak at the Big Day Out for PDH/PE HSC students in Sydney’s CBD. James conducted a Q&A for the students talking through a typical week of training, his nutrition plan in and out of competition, what nutritional supplements he takes, how he recovers, and what sports psychology techniques he draws on to address his high performance objectives. This was the second consecutive year James was invited to be part of the event.
28th May 2018
What they said
He’s been super. We need 10 more Ricciardo’s.
Bernie Ecclestone on Red Bull Racing superstar Daniel Ricciardo
CEO, Formula One Group
Tennis Australia sat me down and said if you want to do this, we’ll support you. And I said, ‘I don’t want to be supported like a wheelchair tennis player, I want to be supported as a tennis player like Nick Kyrgios is, or Sam Stosur is. I don’t care that I’m in a wheelchair. If you treat me equally to them, I’ll do it’. And they did, and they gave me everything that I wanted. They treat me as if I am Roger Federer.
Dylan Alcott OAM
World Number 1 Quad Singles Tennis Player and Paralympic Gold Medallist
In our organisation when we put people on, the number one thing we look at is their work ethic and then we will look at their character, then we will look at how they do their role. Working hard is not just flogging yourself every day. If I can’t answer a question about a player, about what he did at the weekend or what an opposition might do in this situation, or go into meetings or a video session and the clips are not in the right order, that just shows I’m not working hard, so why should they work hard.
Head Coach, Melbourne Storm
I’m calm and collected when I need to be, but why not put on a smile.
Gold Medallist, Men's Pole Vault - 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
I’ve never known a personality like him, frankly. (Ricciardo) is unbelieveable. When he signs somebody’s program, he does it with passion and he looks them in the eye and he gives them that huge smile. He really believes in what he is doing. So that smile speaks volumes about the man himself.
The Late Ron Walker AC on Formula 1 superstar Daniel Ricciardo
Chairman, Australian Grand Prix Corporation (1993-2015)
George Smith is the best player I have ever seen.
Former Wallabies Head Coach
It’s incredibly exciting to see Ella coming through and shining so much. It is one of those things in sport, everything hinges on self-belief. You can train and put in the hours but it is about being able to deliver mentally, as well as physically. Once you have that believe, anything is possible. Once you start running against the best in the world, they’re going to push you onwards and upwards aswell.
Melinda Gainsford-Taylor on track sprinter, Ella Nelson
Australian 100m and 200m record holder
He’s the best coach I’ve ever had and someone I have the utmost respect for. He’s a mentor in a lot of ways and someone I hold in the highest regard. He’s got an amazing work ethic. Sometimes he needs to give you a kick up the bum, and other times he’s there as a sort of father figure. He’s the best coach I’ve ever dealt with.
Brett Finch on coach Craig Bellamy
Former Melbourne Storm and NSW State of Origin player
I’ve worked really hard in the gym and on speed and change of direction. I think I’m in the best shape of my career.
Vice Captain, NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds Squad member
This is only the beginning! I’ve always been determined. As a girl, I used to have posters of the big powerful track sprinters on my bedroom wall and I’d think – I want to be like that. I was always competitive with my brother – we’d even race to finish dinner. I still want to make another Olympic Games, I’d like to continue my work as a nurse…my dream would be to work for the UN in world aid. I’d also like to return to the track one day after rugby. I’ve heard that women in their thirties peak. I also want to be a positive role model for island girls. I was a village girl at one stage, too.
Ellia Green OAM
Gold Medallist, Women's Rugby 7s - 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Kim’s fitness is incredible, but it’s not her only attribute. Her attacking play is impeccable, and the fact that she averages less than two turnovers per game is astonishing, given how often she handles the ball.