KUKLA Yolane < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 29 Sep 1995 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She learned to swim at age two. She took up competitive swimming at age 12 at St. Peters Western Swim Club in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport? She began focusing seriously on swimming after injuring her knee while doing gymnastics.
Club / Team Palm Beach Currumbin: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Yo, Yo-Yo (swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011; swimswam.com, 29 Mar 2010)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Brooke Hanson. (olympics.com.au, 24 Mar 2012)
Injuries In 2007 she seriously injured her knee while practising gymnastics. (swimswam.com, 29 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away." (swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours In 2014 she was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the Australia Day Honours list. Also in 2014 she was named Age Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming Western Australia Awards. (inmycommunity.com.au, 17 Jun 2014; insidethegames.biz, 26 Jan 2014)
Milestones At age 16 years and 302 days at the opening ceremony, she was the youngest Australian swimmer to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Oct 2020)
Famous relatives Her sister Gabrielle has represented Australia in rowing. She ranked fourth in the lightweight quadruple sculls at the 2010 U23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2017; swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2011)