RICKARD Brenton < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 19 Oct 1983 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.94 m
Weight 92 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Kata Mercer
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business Management, Science - Monash University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport? "Because my brother started to swim and I thought it was fun too."
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Short Course Championships
Location Moscow
General Interest
Nicknames Rix (Swimming Australia, 15 Jul 2010)
Hobbies Sitting on the beach and watching the waves, movies, surfing. (Swimming Australia, 15 Jul 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Breaking the world record and winning gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (olympics.com.au, 25 Mar 2012)
Most influential person in career His older brother Nathan. (VIS, 01 Jun 2007; swimming.org.au, 12 Nov 2011)
Hero / Idol Swimmers Alexander Popov, Mike Barrowman and Alexander Dale Oen, and Australian rugby league player Darren Lockyer. (AIS, 01 May 2007; eswimmer.swimming.org.au, October 2006; swimming.org.au, 12 Nov 2011)
Injuries He underwent an appendectomy in April 2003. (Swimming Australia, 08 Apr 2003)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war." (Swimming Australia, 15 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours He was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia’s top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

He was named joint Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year with triathlete Emma Moffat in 2009. (ausport.gov.au, 03 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives His older brother, Nathan Rickard, also represented Australia in swimming and was a national record holder in the 50m freestyle. (Swimming Australia, 08 Dec 2004)
Other information RETIREMENT
After the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, he announced he was leaving the sport. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 Aug 2013)

CHANGE OF COACH
After spending 15 years under the guidance of Vince Raleigh, he returned to Queensland in 2009 to train under Glenn Baker. (olympics.com.au, 25 Mar 2012)