Olympic History: Tokyo 2020 (gold & bronze)
Highlights: Gold and bronze medal at Tokyo 2020. Gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games
Club: St. Peters Western
Year Born: 2002
State Born: VIC
Triumphs have been coming thick and fast for Meg since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Not only was Tokyo her Olympic debut, it was also her first appearance for the senior Dolphins squad. And at the age of 21 she not only finds herself with an Olympic title to her credit but also two long course world championship golds, two short course world titles and is a Commonwealth champion. What’s more, she has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
She claimed her first gold in Tokyo as a member of the Australian 4x100m freestyle quartet. Joining with three of the greats of Australian sprinting, Cate and Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon, Meg unleashed a 53.09sec second leg to help the Dolphins not only claim gold in 3.29.69 but also the world record.
She also collected a bronze medal for her heats swim in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
After the Olympics, she moved to Adelaide where she linked up with noted Marion coach Peter Bishop. Her onslaught continued at the 2022 Budapest world championships where she linked up with other members of the rising generation of “green and gold” female sprint freestylers, Mollie O’Callaghan, Madi Wilson and Shayna Jack to power Australia to the 4x100m freestyle relay gold.
Then she and Mollie joined forces with Kyle Chalmers and Jack Cartwright to claim victory in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, again in world record time (3.19.38). Her own split was a sizzling 52.25sec.
Meanwhile, she collected the first solo medal of her international career when she claimed the bronze in the 50m freestyle “splash and dash”, while the mixed medley relay provided her fourth medal of the meet, a silver.
A short break later and then she was off to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. She secured the silver behind team-mate Emma McKeon in the 50m freestyle and could again rely on the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay for another title.
And still she wasn’t finished with 2022, returning to Australia to win two gold and three silvers at the world short course championships in Melbourne, all of them in relays.
Meg is partially deaf in both ears but, like Cindy-Lu Fitzpatrick before her, she continues to inspire young children to follow their dreams.