Nicole Livingstone

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Nicole Livingstone
Personal information
Full name Nicole Dawn Livingstone
Nationality  Australia
Born (1971-06-24) 24 June 1971 (age 43)
Melbourne, Victoria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke
Club Melbourne Vicentre

Nicole Dawn Livingstone OAM (born 24 June 1971) is an Australian former swimmer, Olympic silver medallist, and a television sports commentator and radio presenter. Livingstone competed for Australia in three summer Olympics - 1988, 1992, and 1996 - winning both individual and team medals. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

She retired from swimming after the 1996 Olympics (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) and joined the Australian sports network Nine Network as a host of Nine's Wide World of Sport, and a commentator for swimming.

Livingstone is currently a radio presenter for Melbourne station SEN 1116 and presenter at Network Ten and also a panelist and fill in presenter for Carrie Bickmore on The Project.

She is active in promoting drug-free sports in Australia and is involved in the Australian Olympic Committee's "Live Clean, Play Clean" anti-doping education program. She is also a board member of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA), whose mission is to combat drug use in sports.

She held the Australian record for the 200 m backstroke, with at time of 2:10.20, set on 31 July 1992 at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for 16 years. Meagen Nay broke the Australian record twice at the 2008 Australian Olympic Trials. Notably, she is the only Australian swimmer to have competed in six successive Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Livingstone was awarded the Order of Australia Medal on 9 June 1997 for service to swimming as a representative at state, national and international levels.[2]

She was known for a period as Nicole Stevenson, when she was married to Australian cyclist Clayton Stevenson.

Livingstone worked for Wide World of Sports as a host of the self-titled program and as a host of Sports Saturday. She was host of Any Given Sunday with Mick Molloy in 2006.

In March 2007, she was appointed the sports presenter on Nine News PM Edition. She was replaced by Tim Sheridan.

In November 2008, Livingstone resigned from the Nine Network to work for Network Ten's new sports channel One HD which commenced in 2009. Livingstone's final appearance on the Nine Network was on Nine's Wide World of Sport.

In 2011, she was a fill in presenter on Network Ten's Sports Tonight and a panellist on Thursday Night Live.

For the 2012 London Olympics, she and Bruce McAvaney provided swimming commentary for International Olympic Committee's English language international feed.

In 2014, Livingstone made a cameo appearance on Neighbours, presenting for Network Ten, after the character Josh Willis (Harley Bonner) qualified in swimming for the Commonwealth Games.[3]


Notable races[edit]

  • 1991 FINA World Championships (Perth), 4x100 medley relay, 2nd place Australia (with Linley Frame, Susie O'Neill, Karen Van Wirdum)
  • 1992, 200 m backstroke, set world short course record, Melbourne.
  • 1992 Summer Olympics, 200 m backstroke, Bronze medal.
  • 1996 Summer Olympics, 4 x 200 m freestyle relay, Bronze medal (with Julia Greville, Emma Johnson, Susan O'Neill)
  • 1996 Summer Olympics, 4 x 100 m medley relay, Silver medal (with Samantha Riley, Susan O'Neill, Sarah Ryan)

References[edit]

  1. ^ AIS at the Olympics
  2. ^ "Nicole Stevenson". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  3. ^ "The price of fame". TV Week Soap Extra (1): 9. January 2014. 

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