Born in Malawi, Cate is the eldest of five siblings and moved to Australia in 2001 where she took up competitive swimming. Within seven years she had made her first Olympic Team and won two bronze medals at Beijing 2008.
Cate won her first Olympic gold medal in London 2012 alongside Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Four years later in Rio, Cate claimed her second gold in the 4x100m freestyle. The relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Cate and her sister, Bronte broke the world record in a time of 3:30.65, bettering Australia's previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Cate emulated Dawn Fraser by medalling in the 4x100m relay in three successive Olympic Games.
Along with her Olympic haul of two gold, one silver and two bronze, Cate has claimed 12 World Championship medals, including four gold medals.
For Cate, mental strength is about being brave, despite her fears and vulnerabilities. Brave to ask for help, brave to speak up and brave to create balance in her life outside of sport.