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Robert Woodhouse (born 23 June 1966) is an Australian former competition swimmer who specialised in medley swimming. He is now a prominent sports agent and company director. He is the only Australian male to have won an Olympic medal in an individual medley event. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.[1]

Rob Woodhouse
Personal information
Full nameRobert Woodhouse
National teamAustralia
Born (1966-06-23) 23 June 1966 (age 52)
Melbourne, Australia.
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)



Woodhouse was educated at Melbourne's Scotch College, Swinburne University (BBus), and Victoria University (MBA).

Representing the Australian swimming team, he competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, as well as the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane (1982), Edinburgh (1986), and Auckland (1990). He was an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship holder.[2] His sister Susie was also an AIS scholarship holder. He is also the uncle of Susie's children, David and Emma McKeon, who are also Olympic swimmers.

Sporting AchievementsEdit

  • Bronze, 400 Metre Individual Medley, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
  • US National Champion 400m Individual Medley - 1984
  • Silver, 200m Individual Medley, Pan Pacific Games, Tokyo - 1985
  • Silver, 200 Metre Individual Medley, 1986 Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh
  • Silver, 400 Metre Individual Medley, 1986 Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh
  • Gold, 400 Metre Individual medley, 1987 World University Games, Zagreb
  • Silver, 400 Metre Individual Medley, 1990 Commonwealth Games, Auckland

Woodhouse retired from swimming in 1990.

Business careerEdit

Woodhouse set up his own sports management company in 1995. In the following years, he merged his business with the firm of former Collingwood football player Craig Kelly, forming Elite Sports Properties.

Elite Sports Properties became Australia's foremost sports management company, representing hundreds of top Australian Olympians, footballers and media personalities. The company established in Great Britain in 2008, representing a number of high-profile British Olympians including Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington and Adam Peaty. In 2015 the company was sold to TLA Worldwide.

Woodhouse has also appeared as part of various radio and television swimming commentary teams at swimming world championships (1998, 2007, 2009), Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016), and Commonwealth Games (1994, 2006, 2010 & 2014).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cabinet, Prime Minister and (15 August 2016). "Search Australian Honours". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  2. ^ AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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