Living by the motto, Be the Best You Can Be, three time Olympic Gold Medalist and world record-breaking swimmer, Stephanie Rice is renowned as one of Australia’s golden girls.
A highly driven youngster who always set tall goals, Stephanie knew she wanted to be an Olympic swimmer from the young age of four.To this day, the recently retired athlete hasn’t stopped dreaming big and working hard to make her dreams a reality.
The talented swimmer first caught Australia’s attention in 2006, when at 17 years of age, she won gold in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She then went on to win multiple medals at international levels, before her unforgettable three Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics swimming an incredible three races in world record breaking times.
This huge accomplishment saw Stephanie Rice named “Most Outstanding Female Athlete at the Beijing Olympics” and hon- oured with the role of flag-bearer during the closing ceremony. This took Stephanie to another level, becoming a role model for all young Australians, being awarded a number of titles in- cluding,World Swimmer of the Year,Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year, Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year and Queensland Sportswoman of the Year.To top it all off, the young hero was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia.
Now an international superstar, Stephanie’s swimming career saw her add more medals to the collection and go on to com- pete at the 2012 London Olympic Games, despite undergoing career-debilitating shoulder surgery.After three operations and some challenging stints of rehabilitation 25-year old Rice announced her retirement from the sport in an exclusive announcement on her own website, stephanierice.com.
Proving the hunger to win goes beyond the pool, Stephanie went on to challenge herself on a different level, taking out Channel Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2013.The youngest winner of the contest, worldwide, she donated most of her winnings to her chosen cause,The Heart Foundation Australia’s Jump Rope for Heart initiative, in an effort to fur- ther drive a healthy and fun lifestyle message to kids, something
Stephanie is extremely passionate about. She further impressed viewers by choosing to donate a third of her winnings to the chosen charities of the other contestants.
“Celebrity Apprentice was completely eye opening for me, giving me the opportunity to work with other inspirational business people, in particular, Mark Bouris. It’s given me the confidence to take all of my drive, passion and hard work ethic and use it for my new business ventures,” says Stephanie.
With a fresh new website, stephanierice.com, and on the brink of launching her kids swimwear line, RACE, Stephanie’s business ventures are all about inspiring and supporting her fans from Australia and beyond to enjoy life and get active and healthy.
Juggling multiple projects at any time, Stephanie revels in living a busy lifestyle, but understands the importance of a balanced life. Counteracting all the noise and activity, she en- joys spending her downtime doing things that maker her feel good, both physically and mentally, such as yoga, meditation going for walks and treating herself to massages.Also a lover of food, she’ll spend much of her weekends at the organic growers markets, picking up the best seasonal produce to cook with.
As someone who has always looked up to mentors and role models, both in swimming and life, Stephanie is dedicated
to playing a role in the future of Australian swimming and inspiring the kids of today. She spends a lot of time mentoring and speaking to young athletes and other business people and communities.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have people like Susie O’Neill and Mark Bouris give me a driving perspective at different stages in my career. I now love being able to do the same for others and enjoy being invited to speak and interact with teams of business people and other groups.The response I get is humbling and a beautiful reminder of what I have achieved and how that has affected people. If I can inspire just one person in a room to help them achieve what they are on their way to doing, then that’s a great day for me!”