Parenting

Inside Olympic swimming legend Giaan Rooney’s sweet family life

Life on the farm.
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Australian Olympic swimming royalty Giaan Rooney’s life looks very different now compared to when she retired from the sport in 2006.

Nowadays, the 41-year-old lives on a farm with her husband and two beautiful children.

Giaan on her wedding day. (Image: Instagram)

Giaan has been married to husband Sam Levett for 12 years. Sam has a long family history of cattle farming, and he currently runs The Herd Online which is an online marketing tool for livestock sales.

The couple have been together since 3 December 2011, and have gone on to welcome two children together.

Their eldest child is a son named Zander who was born on 15 March 2014. Meanwhile, the pair’s second child is a daughter named Lexi who they welcomed on 14 June 2017.

The family of four currently live on a macadamia farm in Queensland, and love embracing life on the land.

So when she’s not commentating at a pinnacle swimming event, Giaan spends her time farming, spending time with her family and taking care of her dog and pet wallaby!

Giaan with her husband Sam and kids Zander and Lexi. (Image: Instagram)

Although she lives in the country with her family, Giaan’s job as a sports commentator requires her to travel to various cities around the country and the globe.

The swimming legend has recently spoken about the “mixed emotions” she experiences when coming up to a major event she is working at, as she has to leave her family for a long stretch of time.

“As always, the anticipation is always worse than once I am actually away, as I swallow my guilt of leaving by cooking & freezing meals, washing every item in the washing basket, stocking fridges/pantries/freezers, changing sheets & pre-packing sports bags for after school activities – not because it is expected (my husband is much better at solo parenting than I am) but because I need to feel like I am still contributing to my family’s wellbeing whilst I am away,” part of her Instagram post read.

The two-time Olympian will be part of Nine’s expert commentary team at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games which will take place from 26 July to 11 August this year.

Giaan Rooney ahead of the 2000 Olympics. (Image: Getty)

Giaan Rooney first made her international swimming debut for Australia at the age of 15 at the 1998 Commonwealth Games where she won two gold medals, and she then went on to compete at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where she won two silver medals

The now-41-year-old won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and she retired from competitive swimming after the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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