Event: 200m breaststroke
Olympic History: Olympic debutant
Highlights: 2018 4x200m relay bronze, 2019 first national title in 100m breaststroke
Club: St Peters Western
Year Born: 1998
State Born: NSW
Hailing from the NSW Hunter Valley, Abbey Harkin grew up as a member of the Novocastrian Swimming Club. The 23-year-old now calls Brisbane home, training at St Peters Western under coach Dean Boxall.
The breaststroke specialist made her senior debut in 2018 at the World Short-Course Championships in China, producing her first international podium result with a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
In 2019, she claimed her first national title at the Australian Swimming Championships in the 100m breaststroke, posting a time of 1:07.02.
A year later, at the 2021 Australia Swimming Championships Abbey dominated the breaststroke events medalling in all three distances. Claiming gold in the 200m breaststroke, with a time of 2:25.26, silver in the 100m and bronze in the 50m.
She continued to shine at the 2021 Olympic Trials, touching the wall just behind gold medal winner Jenna Strauch to claim second in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:23.59, qualifying a spot on her first Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021.