The University of Western Australia congratulates UWA-West Coast Swimming Club member Tamsin Cook who has anchored Australia to silver in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay in Rio.
As the youngest swimmer in the Australian Olympic Team, 17-year-old Tamsin faced off against United States’ powerhouse Katie Ledecky in the race home for gold.
Cook posted a time of 1.56.47 to claim the silver medal, successfully fending off a challenge from Canadian Penny Olesiak.
She had earlier told the media she was “terrified” when she realised she would be anchoring the team.
South African-born Cook moved to Perth with her family in 2007 when she was just eight years of age.
A Carine resident and former St Mark's Anglican Community School student, she excelled at surf club, hockey and horse-riding before turning her attention to swimming.
She said she had dreamed of going to Olympics since the age of 10, inspired by Libby Trickett and Stephanie Rice at Beijing.
Caption: Tamsin Cook who has acnhored Australia to silver in the 4 x 200m in Rio (right)
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager)(+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716