Thomas 's Story
Event: 2oom freestyle
Olympic History: Olympic debutant
Highlights: Winning 4 medals at the 2019 Junior World Championships
Club: Rackley Swim Team
Year Born: 2002
State Born: Hong Kong
Thomas Neill was deemed one to watch after the rising star won five age national titles at the 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships. The 19-year-old won gold in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
His incredible performance secured him a spot on the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest, where he won silver in the men’s 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle, and bronze in the 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.
Thomas continued his success, with two podium finishes middle-distance events at the 2021 Australian National Championships. He claimed gold in the 800m freestyle, silver in the 400m freestyle and touched just outside the medals with a fourth in the 200m freestyle.
Thomas followed with an impressive performance at the 2021 Olympic Trials, where he claimed the bronze in the 200m freestyle behind Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers. Touching the wall under the Olympic qualifying time, the Rackley Swim Team member booked his spot for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.