Todd Pearson

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Todd Pearson
Personal information
Full name Todd Robert Pearson
Nationality  Australia
Born (1977-11-25) 25 November 1977 (age 37)
Geraldton, Western Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club West Coast Swimming Club

Todd Robert Pearson (born 25 November 1977) is an Australian swimming champion, who was born in Geraldton, Western Australia. He started swimming on the advice of a doctor treating his asthma. Pearson was vice captain of Hale School in 1994 where he spent time in Faulkner House and St George House. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

He is no stranger to the Olympics. After swimming the heat of the 4×100 metre at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Pearson was a spectator for the final, when the Australians set a world record by beating the US team for the first time in Olympic history. He went on to swim in the final of the 4×200 metre with Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, and Bill Kirby. The Aussies led from start to finish, setting another world record and achieving every boy's dream of winning gold for Australia. Pearson was awarded the Order of Australia medal for contribution to sport for this effort. Since Sydney in 2000, Todd has been busy in the pool, winning gold medals at the Pan Pacs and at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. He was also co-captain of the Australian swimming team in 2001. Despite swimming more than 50 km a week, Pearson found time to complete a bachelor of commerce degree with a major in accounting and has worked for a multinational accounting firm.

Pearson later represented Australia in the 4×200 metre freestyle relay in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning a silver medal.

His baby son died recently due to sudden infant death syndrome.