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Scott Goodman



Scott Goodman

Member 2005

b. 20 August 1973

As a butterfly event specialist, Scott first came to prominence when he was chosen to represent his state at the under age national titles, where he won both a gold and a silver medal. These were the first of 3 gold and 5 silver medals at that level of competition.

In the next season he competed at the senior level at both the short course and Australian championships. There he attracted the attention of the national selectors and was chosen in the national swim squad. He won his first senior national title in the 200 metres butterfly and was rewarded with Australian representation in the Pan Pacific games in Edmonton in 1991.

He was then awarded an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship in 1992 and moved to Canberra for more intensive training and coaching. It was the 1995/96 season that saw him display his enormous talent. Selected for the Rio de Janeiro world short course championships, Scott won the 200 metres butterfly title in an event and Australian record time.

That win gave him experience and confidence to know that he could compete successfully at the top level of international swimming. He subsequently went on to win the Australian 200 metres title that year and was selected to swim at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

When Scott competed in Atlanta in his favourite event, the 200 metres butterfly, he swam an exceptional race to win a bronze medal for his country - undoubtedly the most rewarding time of his swimming career.

Following three more seasons at the highest level of competition, including breaking an Australian and Commonwealth record for the 200 metres butterfly in the trials for the Pan Pacific Games held in Japan that year, Scott retired at the conclusion of the 1999/2000 season.

During his career he was named 5 times Tasmanian swimmer of the Year and he retired with a record of which he and his fellow Tasmanians can be justifiably proud.