Alicia Coutts is an incomparable Australian sportswoman
Alicia Jayne Coutts, OAM (born 14 September 1987) is an Australian medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer. She represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2010 Commonwealth Games (New Delhi). She is an Swimming Australia National Training Centre scholarship holder and is coached by John Fowlie. Her haul of five medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics matches Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould in one single Olympics.
Winning 21 medals for Australia in major championships since 2008 – she has become one of the most recongnised on the Australian team. This success saw her awarded an Australia Day Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to sport, in 2014. It is an achievement which Australian Coach John Fowlie says “sets her apart from every other Australian Swimmer.”
They have known each other for nine years and knew early on that they were meant for each other.
Olympic gold medallist Alicia Coutts says the “tip of a needle” can be the difference between what colour medal you win, which gave her hope Australia could push for a top-five finish on the Olympic Games medal table at Rio de Janeiro.