ABOUT BELINDA

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Belinda Jane Hocking

Bindy

14/09/1990, Wangaratta, Victoria

167cm

Melbourne, Victoria

Fiancé (Max Ireland), Mum (Jenny), Dad (Ian), Older Sister (Lucy), Younger Brother (Robin)

Nunawading Swimming Club

Rohan Taylor/Scott Talbot

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100m/200m Backstroke

Completed year 12 and has a
Diploma in Event Management,
currently completing a Bachelor
of Primary Education and has worked at the Victorian Olympic Council in events

Netball, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics

Don’t put new shoes on the table

A LITTLE OF

MY STORY

Belinda is a three time Olympian, competing at 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, in the 100/200m Backstroke. She started swimming at the age of four due to bad asthma. She joined Albury swimming club at 12, as there was no swimming club in her home town Wangaratta. Belinda and her parents travelled 45 minutes 9 times per week to get to training for 4 years. At age 15 she received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), and was a scholarship holder for 7 years (2006-2012). After the 2012 Olympics she relocated to Melbourne Victoria, and trained at Nunawading swimming club under Coach Rohan Taylor. Career best year was in 2014 when she won 2 Gold and 1 Bronze at the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow,  and finished the year ranked number 1 in the world for 200m Backstroke. After a series of mishaps, dislocated knee, 2 shoulder injections, second degree burns to her hand and crashing her car, Belinda stepped away from the sport for 9 months to have a break and refresh. After deciding to continue swimming Belinda underwent shoulder surgery and got back in the pool in mid-2015 to train for the 2016 Olympic Trials. In 2016 Belinda achieved her life time goal of making it to three Olympic Games, and is now a triple Olympian. After 13 years on the international circuit and 9 years on the Australian swim team Belinda has decided to retire and focus on life outside of the pool and finish her studies in primary school teaching.

ACCOLADES

  • Victorian Female Athlete of the Year 2014
  • Victorian Swimmer of the Year 2014
  • Ranked World No. 1 for 200m Backstroke in 2014
  • Triple Olympian (2008,2012, 2016)
  • 7-time winner and 6-time consecutive winner of the 200m Backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships (2009-2016 inclusively)
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games: 200m Backstroke 5th
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games: 200m Backstroke Gold, 100m Backstroke Bronze
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Championships: 200m Backstroke Gold, 100m Backstroke Silver
  • 2013 World Championships: 200m Backstroke Silver
  • 2012 London Olympic Games: 200m Backstroke 10th, 100m Backstroke 6th
  • 2011 World Championships: 200m Backstroke Silver, 4x100 Medley Relay Bronze
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games: 200m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke 4th
  • 2009 World Championships
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (at the age of 17 years): 200m Backstroke 8th

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