Nadine Neumann

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Nadine Neumann
Personal information
Full name Nadine Bernadette Neumann
National team  Australia
Born (1975-12-03) 3 December 1975 (age 40)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Ryde-Carlile Swimming Club

Nadine Bernadette Neumann (born 3 December 1975) is an Australian former breaststroke swimmer who by the age of 20 had already lived a lifetime of success and setbacks. She overcame chronic fatigue syndrome at the age of 15, only to have her dream of an Olympic berth in Barcelona shattered by a broken neck. But she fought back to compete for Australia at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. There she finished in sixth position, clocking 2:28.34 in the final of the 200-metre breaststroke.[1] She went on to Captain the Australian Swimming Team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 1999 Pan Pacific Championships.

Upon retiring from competitive swimming, Nadine completely re-defined her life. She worked in public relations and marketing before beginning her teaching career at Cheltenham Girls High School as an English teacher. After her move to Newcastle, New South Wales, she taught English to students studying for their trade certificate and HSC concurrently at the Australian Technical College – Hunter.

Her memoir, Wobbles – An Olympic Story, won the 2009 IP Picks Award for Best Creative Non-Fiction. She is currently working on a number of other writing projects.


  1. ^ "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 

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