Nicole Livingstone O.A.M
Master of Ceremonies – National Sports Convention
After dreaming of being an Olympic swimmer as a child, Nicole Livingstone went on to represent Australia at three Olympics. One of Australia’s greatest Backstrokers, she was a member of the Australian swimming team for twelve consecutive years from 1985 – 1996.
She holds the longest winning sequence of any Australian swimmer in history at the national titles, winning ten consecutive 100m Backstroke titles between 1987 and 1996.
Nicole’s career achievements include a silver medal and two bronze medals from three Olympic appearances; six gold, two silver and a bronze from three Commonwealth Games and competing in six Pan Pacific Championships winning four gold two silver and one bronze medals. She also broke a world record in the 200m backstroke (short course) in 1992.
Nicole retired from competitive swimming in 1996 and began what has become a stellar career in television. Firstly with the Nine Network, in a variety of roles; from the host’s chair of their flagship sports programs Wide World of Sports and Sports Saturday, to hosting the Commonwealth Games and as an expert commentator/host with Nine’s Logie award winning swimming and surf life saving coverage.
In 2006 Nicole worked along side comedian and armchair sportsman, Mick Molloy on weekly sports program “Any Given Sunday”. 2008 saw Nicole return to co-host the revamped Wide World of Sports with Ken Sutcliffe. Nicole joined Network Ten Sport in 2009, as a host and commentator on their swimming and surf lifesaving broadcasts. Along with sports news presenting duties, she has been a regular on ‘The Project’.
‘Rio 2016’ saw Nicole participate in her 8th Summer Olympic Games, firstly as an athlete and more recently as a broadcaster for the I.O.C.’s broadcast arm, Olympic Broadcast Service.
In 2017 Nicole became the host of the ABC’s weekly sports comedy show “Sideliners”.
Nicole is making her mark in the world of business as well, as Deputy Chair of VicHealth and on the board of Sport Australia Hall of Fame. She is a current member of the Executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, as well as a Director of Swimming Australia and AFL’s Head of Women’s Football since Dec 2017.
She is also kept busy as a mother of twins, Ella and Joshua, born in 2002 and Robinson in 2007.