Meagen Nay was born to swim.
Meagen's father, Robbie Nay represented Australia as a freestyle swimmer at the Olympics Games in 1972 in Munich. He also competed at Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, and was a successful Iron Man and Surf Lifesaver competitor, alongside the likes of Grant Kenny.
Her mother Karin was a successful swimming coach and business owner.
It was only natural Meagen would find her way into the water.
Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Meagen began swimming as soon as she could walk. She joined Nippers, but soon realised she had to train to improve. Meagen started training at Southport Pool at the age of 12, every year becoming more competitive and hungry for success.
When she turned 18, Meagen moved to Brisbane to train with the highly respected Michael Bohl. Under Bohl, nicknamed “the medal-maker”, her career took off and she made her first senior debut on the 2008 Olympic Games swim team in the 200m backstroke.
Meagen is a dual Olympian having competed at the London and Beijing Games.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, she won two Gold medals.
An enthusiastic, determined and free-spirited athlete, Meagen also enjoys surfing and skateboarding. Her positive attitude and bubbly personality are even more admirable, when you understand the hardships thrown her way.
Meagen lost her father and brother in separate, tragic car accidents. Her perseverance and motivated drive towards her goals in swimming and in life have made her a favourite amongst her peers and friends.
Since retiring from professional swimming, Meagen dedicates her time to motivational speaking and swim clinics. She is a speaker for “Beyond the Black Line”, with a particular interest in helping young women in sport in the area of confidence, body issues and everyday pressures.
Her other love is teaching swimming clinics, as well as giving motivational speeches to youngsters all over Australia, some with challenging mental disabilities.
She specialises in speaking about Mental Health issues at various forums around the country.
Want to know more ?
Watch “Woman On A Mission” Australian Story televised 26 April 2010 (Part One and Two).
Meagen has retired from professional swimming due to a shoulder injury in 2015