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Commonwealth Games 2018: Your guide to the Campbell sisters

Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell celebrate after winning gold and bronze in the Women's 100m Freestyle final at the FINA World Championships.
Campbell sisters celebrate after winning gold and bronze in the Women's 100m Freestyle final at the FINA World Championships. Photo: Getty
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Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell will compete in the 4×100 metre relay at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday night.

The Campbell sisters were the first Australian siblings to be on the same Olympic team. They were also the first Australian sisters to ever compete within the same swimming event at the Olympics.

Who are the Campbell sisters?

The Campbell sisters are both competitive swimmers who have won gold at the Olympic Games on the Australian national team.

Cate was born on May 20, 1992 and Bronte was born on May 14, 1994 in Blantyre, Malawi.

They moved to Australia in 2001 and joined the Indooroopilly Swimming Club, where they met their current coach, Simon Cusack.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the sisters swam in the same heat – they finished second and third.

At the World Championships in 2013, the sisters teamed up with Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in 4x100m relay. They won silver, finishing just 0.12 of a second behind the US.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the relay team won the 4x100m freestyle relay which also set a new World Record with a time of 3:30.65

Cate Campbell’s individual achievements

  • Qualified for her first Olympics at 16 years old.
  • At the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Cate won two gold medals in the 50m freestyle and in the 400m freestyle relay.
  •  At 2008 Japan Open, she won the 50m freestyle in which she set the  new Australian and Commonwealth record.
  • At the Beijing Olympics, Cate won a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle and the 400m freestyle relay.
  • She finished third in the 50m freestyle at the 2009 Championships.
  • At the 2013 World Championships, Cate won the 100m freestyle.
  • Won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a silver in the 50m freestyle.
  • Current multiple world record holder in 100m freestyle.
Cate is an animal lover and has numerous pets including a pig, lizards and chickens.
Cate is an animal lover and has numerous pets including a pig, lizards and chickens. Photo: Getty

Bronte Campbell’s individual achievements

  • In 2011, Bronte won gold in the 50m freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships in Peru.
  • Qualified for the 2012 London Olympics but finished 10th overall.
  • At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Brontel won gold, silver and bronze.
  • In 2015, Campbell won her first National title in the 50m freestyle
  • Her double win at the 2015 FINA World Championships made her the third swimmer in history to take the 50-100m freestyle double in history.
  • At the Rio Olympics, Bronte finished fourth in the 50m freestyle, just missing a podium finish by .03 seconds
Bronte's nickname is Black Caviar and her favourite competition music to listen to is Muse.
Bronte’s nickname is Black Caviar and her favourite competition music to listen to is Muse. Photo: Getty

Personal life

Bronte is currently studying a business degree, majoring in public relations at Queensland University of Technology.

In 2015, Cate opened up about her struggles with body image when she fell sick and had to pull out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In an interview, Cate said: “Your physical appearance is linked with happiness and success — suddenly I was terrified because my success was going to be taken away from me, that I was going to lose it”.

Cate is currently studying a communications degree at Queensland University of Technology.