Brendon Smith has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Brendon, born in 2000 is a swimmer and surf lifesaver from Victoria. In 2018 Brendon represented Australia at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships winning a silver and bronze medal and was the most successful Male Swimmer of the meet for Australia. Smith was also selected to represent Australia at the Junior Olympics.
In December 2018 Brendon was a member of the Australian Junior World Lifesaving team where he went on to break two world records and win a total of five medals. He was the only Victorian to make the 8 male – 8 female team.
At the Australian Open Swimming Championships in April 2019, Brendon did an amazing break out race in the 400m Individual medley breaking the 18 under Australian record by 1.5 seconds. This time was under the Australian Olympic qualifying time.
2019 saw Brendon continue with success as he won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian team at the World Uni games in July and in November, he was selected in the inaugural International Swimming League (ISL) as a member of the New York Breakers team.
Brendon has been selected for ISL season 2 (2020) in Budapest Hungary where he will again be competing for the New York Breakers. Smith is quoted as saying “I’m looking forward to competing against the best swimmers in the world.”
Brendon speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“I am extremely honoured to receive the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship because it means I become a part of a very select group of extremely talented athletes across many sports to be honoured by such a prestigious award. This scholarship makes me feel like I am getting recognised for the hard work and dedication to both my swimming and lifesaving sports, it will assist me to continue to focus on improving myself in and out of the water. I believe that this is just the start of a promising sporting career. Thank you for this opportunity.”
“I would like to congratulate Col, Katja and Brendon on this terrific achievement, we are incredibly proud to have three swimmers selected in the program for 2021.
Both Col and Katja are already valued members of our Dolphins swim team and Brendon is a young swimmer that has shown great potential and they should be thrilled they have been chosen for this honour.
It is fantastic these athletes will also have the opportunity to be mentored by a Sport Australia Hall of Fame member, that sort of guidance from someone who has been at the pinnacle of their sport is priceless.” – Swimming Australia CEO, Leigh Russell
Birthplace: Figtree, NSW
Sport: Swimming/Surf Life Saving
Disciplines: 400m IM, 400m Free, 200m Obstacles
Started: 2007 (7 years old)
Studying: Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)
Aspirations After Sport: Use Business degree to obtain a job in Finance
Rankings (Swimming) – as at Sep 2020
Senior International: 14
Senior National: 2
Junior International: 2
Junior National: 1
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Debut, 400m IM, bronze
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Debut, 200m IM, participant
- 2019: World University Games, Italy – Bronze
- 2019: USA Open Swimming Championships – Gold
- 2019 & 2020: New York Breakers – Selected (Swimming)
- 2018: Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Representative
- 2019: Australian Open Swimming Championships: Silver (400m IM)
- 2019 & 2018: Victorian Rob Woodhouse Award for the highest Fina ranked Medley Swimmer Male or Female for the Season
- 2018: Victorian Junior Lifesaver of the Year
- 2018: World Life Saving Championships, Australian Junior Team – Broke 2 World Junior Records
- 2017: Commonwealth Championships: Overall Individual Champion for Development Team
Last updated 5/10/2020