We spent 5 minutes with Olympic gold medalist Mack Horton to find out a bit more about the Australian swimming champion and Sperry Ambassador.


How long have you been swimming: I’ve been swimming at a squad level since the age of 10


How did you first get into swimming: Weekly visits to the local pool with the family grew my love for the water which naturally turned in to proper swimming lessons followed by squad sessions.


When you’re not swimming, where will we find you spending your weekends?  Could be anywhere. Down at the beach, Sailing on Port Phillip bay, 4wding in the high country or just on the couch watching movies with my girlfriend.


What is it that you love about swimming: Me time, the escape, the feeling of flight


Do you have a life motto?  Everything happens for a reason, everything balances out.


What advice would you give to those looking to get into swimming? Not specifically swimming related but find what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.


Do you have any pre-race rituals?  They are specific to the pool/meet I’m racing at.



How do you like to celebrate your victories? Getting back into training.


What goes through your mind when you’re standing on the blocks/about to start a race? Nothing, its automatic


How many hours a week do you train? 10x 2-2.5 hour swim sessions, 2x 1 hour gym sessions, 1 boxing session physio/massage etc


What is your most memorable adventure and where did it take you? No one adventure in particular but too many to name, anything from; bushwalks in Lorne as a kid, Riding bikes in Paris, 4wding the Sand Dunes in Dubai, Exploring the Victorian coast with friends or just looking forward to the adventures to come


When landing in a new city, what is the first thing you like to explore? Usually the coastline if the city has one. If not, the main hub of the city or the highest point.


Why do you choose to wear Sperry? Comfortable style than can be worn everywhere and take me anywhere.



Do you have a favourite Australian beach? Port Fairy in Victoria because it is beautiful but more importantly it was established in 1835 and still remains a small, friendly town with a population less than 3000


Congratulations to Mack for his amazing performance in Rio, we look forward to seeing what amazing adventures he will get up to next.

Keep up to date with Mack via his Instagram account