Giaan Rooney
Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist
Giaan Rooney
Giaan Leigh Rooney OAM is a retired Australian swimmer. As part of the Women's 4 x 100 metre Medley Relay team she won an Olympic gold medal and broke a world record at the Athens Olympics. Rooney is currently working as a presenter on Australian television, including Channel 9's coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games where she interviewed Australia's competitors pool-side after races along with Grant Hackett.
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Starry night sets the tone of the Caulfield Cup Carnival - Port Phillip Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Carnival ambassador and Port Melbourne resident Giaan Rooney and television presenter Cam Williams played host to a room of guests including Emma Freedman, Kasia Z, Nick Bracks, milliners Peter Jago, Richard Nylon and Paris Kyne, designer Joe Saba and
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Giann Rooney's biggest challenge: diet - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Giaan Rooney has had to watch what she eats since retiring from competitive swimming. Photo: Jason Ierace. Change can be a difficult beast to master, especially if it comes with a wake-up call. Four women tell Candice Chung how they turned challenging
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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Federica Pellegrini Rattles Textile Best ... - SwimmingWorldMagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
She is the first Australian on the women's 200 free podium since Giaan Rooney captured the world title for the Aussies in 2001. "I am so happy, I am almost crying because it was so tough," Palmer said. "I did not know I fell so behind in the race
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My Voice: Giaan Rooney - Melbourne Weekly Port Phillip
Google News - over 5 years
Retired Olympic swimmer Giaan Rooney, 28, is enjoying life away from the pool. The Port Melbourne resident says her new career as a TV star and charity worker is far more rewarding. I don't miss the pool at all. I did it for 20 years of my life
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Ask Schwarzer on Wide World of Sports - Ninemsn
Google News - over 5 years
Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer will be speaking to Ken Sutcliffe and Giaan Rooney live on Wide World of Sports this Sunday at 10am on Nine, and you have the chance to get your question asked to him on the show. Schwarzer has played 89 matches for
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Giaan Rooney could surface at Nine - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Former Olympian Giaan Rooney now has a successful career in television. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld) GIAAN Rooney could be set for an important role on Channel 9, reading the weekend sports news. The word within Nine is that Rooney is being considered
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Lance gets stuck in, with PR help - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
The event - which will feature Libby Trickett, Petria Thomas, Giaan Rooney, Andrew Lauterstein and Sophie Edington - raises money for the Nelune Foundation, which helps children, teensagers, adults and their families with their courageous fight against
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A chip off the old Blocker - Steve Roach's son has Olympics in sights - Courier Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
The annual fundraiser for the new cancer centre at St Vincent's Hospital will feature relay teams from the Bondi lifeguards and several Olympic medalists. Giaan Rooney is the caller and host for the day. Races start at 1pm
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The Happiness Test - Cumberland Courier Newspapers
Google News - almost 6 years
Fronted by experienced psychologist, Nicki Isaacs, the diverse team includes a naturopath, an environmentalist, a professional coach, psychologists, a dietician, allied health care Ambassador for The Test, Giaan Rooney, is excited about the interest
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PLUS: SWIMMING; Popov Beats Klim In Pre-Olympic Test
NYTimes - over 16 years
The Russian sprint ace Alex Popov edged Michael Klim in the 100-meter freestyle yesterday at the Melbourne Grand Prix in Australia, the final Olympic tuneup for the Australian swim team. Popov, who won gold medals in both the 50 and 100 free at the Barcelona, Spain, and Atlanta Olympics, clocked 49.59 seconds to beat Klim by 0.23. Klim is the world
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Giaan Rooney
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In February 2015, Rooney resigned as weekend weather presenter on Seven News Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details She will remain part of the Seven Network's news and sport division.
  • 2014
    On 17 March 2014, Rooney gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Zander.
    More Details Hide Details Rooney's career began at age 11 at the Miami club in Queensland, where she was coached by Denis Cotterell. Training partners there included Grant Hackett and Daniel Kowalski. In 2002 Rooney moved to Melbourne, coached by Ian Pope at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Training partners included Matt Welsh, Michael Klim (who was also her boyfriend for two years) and Brett Hawke.
    In January 2014, Rooney went on maternity leave, and was replaced by Jo Silvagni.
    More Details Hide Details Giaan returned from maternity leave in June 2014 to present weather on weekends.
  • 2012
    In December 2012, Rooney joined the Seven Network as a fill weather presenter on Seven News Melbourne while David Brown was on holidays.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2013, Giaan was appointed weather presenter on Seven News Melbourne replacing David Brown who is now network meteorologist.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Rooney was appointed as host of the Victorian edition of 'Postcards', a local travel series broadcast on the Nine Network replacing Suzie Wilks.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Channel Nine appointed Giaan as occasional host of their Sunday sports programme Nine's Wide World of Sports.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    After the withdrawal of Grant Hackett from the 2006 Commonwealth Games due to injury, Rooney was appointed as the captain of the national swimming team.
    More Details Hide Details She won a silver medal behind teammate Sophie Edington in the 100-metre backstroke, and qualified fastest for the 50-metre backstroke. However, she was upset by Edington by .01 of a second, again winning a silver medal. There is, however, conjecture about that official result with video suggesting Rooney touched first but did not activate the timing pad immediately. Rooney retired from competitive swimming after this meet. Rooney has performed on television with appearances on Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice competition and holiday season weather presenter on Channel Nine's Today, filling in for Steven Jacobs, despite having no experience or qualification in meteorology. Giaan also appeared as a presenter on the Nine Network's television health series What's Good For You (2007) and Getaway (2007–8). She also attended Bond University as a sporting scholar.
  • 2004
    In 2004 Rooney won a gold medal in world record time at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the women's 4×100-metre Medley Relay.
    More Details Hide Details Rooney swam a personal best and new Australian record time of 1:01.18 to help Australia to the gold – the maiden victory by Australia in this event in Olympic history.
  • 2002
    Rooney competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, winning silver in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay (with Elka Graham, Rebecca Creedy and Petria Thomas) and bronze in the 100-metre backstroke.
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  • 2001
    In 2001 Rooney claimed the world champion title in the 200 m freestyle, winning at the 2001 Fukuoka World Swimming Championships in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details This event was also widely remembered for the disqualification of the Australian women's team after they jumped in the water to celebrate apparent victory in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay: the team of Elka Graham, Petria Thomas and Linda Mackenzie joined anchor swimmer Rooney in the water to celebrate their win, but as it was before all other competitors had finished the event, they were disqualified. Furthermore, the team found out about their disqualification while they were giving a post race interview for television.
  • 2000
    At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Rooney won two silver medals as a part of the 4×200-metre freestyle relay (with Kirsten Thomson, Susie O'Neill and Petria Thomas) and 4×100-metre medley relay (swum in morning preliminary session).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Rooney was also part of Australia's gold-medal winning 4×100-metre medley relay team at the 1998 Games.
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    Rooney made her international swimming debut for Australia at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, where she won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke as a 15-year-old.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Born on November 15, 1983.
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