Emma McKeon: Transgender, Debate, Husband, Medals

Emma Jennifer McKeon, AM is an Australian competitive swimmer. She is a four-time world record holder, one current and three former.

Emma McKeon: Transgender, Debate, Husband, Medals

Her total career haul of 11 Olympic medals following the 2020 Olympic Games made her Australia’s most decorated Olympian and included one gold medal from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and four gold medals from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Emma McKeon: Transgender, Debate, Husband, Medals

Personal information
Birth name Emma Jennifer McKeon
National team Australia
Born 24 May 1994 (age 27)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)

With four gold and three bronze medals she was the most decorated athlete across all sports at the 2020 Summer Olympics, and tied for the most medals won by a woman in a single Olympic Games.

She has also won 17 medals, including four gold medals, at the World Aquatics Championships; and twelve medals, including eight gold, at the 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In 2021, McKeon tied Ian Thorpe for the most number of Olympic gold medals won over the course of an Australian athlete’s career with five total gold medals earned at her first two Olympic Games. 

Emma McKeon Transgender 

Australia’s most decorated Olympian Emma McKeon says it is unfair for “biologically male” swimmers to compete against female athletes.

In March, American swimmer Lia Thomas became the first transgender woman to win an NCAA title — the top college swimming competition in the US.

Five-time Olympic gold medallist McKeon was questioned about transgender athletes during a women in sport event at Griffith University on Thursday.

“I personally would not want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male,” she responded.

“I have not had to, and at the moment I think it is just in the college system in America.”

The 27-year-old, who won four gold and three bronze medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said the sport needed to set out rules balancing inclusion with fairness.

“I do not think that I am going to have to race against a trans swimmer. I do not think it is going to come to that point,” she said.


Aussie Olympian Emma McKeon has weighed in on the ongoing transgender sporting debate, admitting she finds the idea of competing against a biological male a “concern”.

The issue has been thrust in the public spotlight as the upcoming Federal Election approaches.

The Coalition has been forced to address controversy over Warringah candidate Katherine Deves’ now-deleted comments on the transgender debate.

Deves’ comments, which she now says were “unacceptable”, come after Scott Morrison made her a ‘captain’s pick’ to run for the Sydney seat.

McKeon, who won five gold medals in the pool in Tokyo, said she doubted whether she would ever be faced with the scenario, but stressed the importance of fairness in competitive sport.


Reports are swirling about the newest glamour couple to grace Australia’s elite swimming circuit – Kyle Chalmers, 22, and Emma McKeon, 27. 

According to Sunday’s Confidential, the young Olympians were first spotted looking ‘cosy’ in June while attending the 2021 Australian swimming trials in Adelaide together, and have since sparked a more serious romance.  

‘Confidential understands Chalmers, who this week debuted new peroxide hair, and McKeon saw their friendship turn into something more serious after competing together in numerous competitions,’ the report claims.   

Most recently, the pair competed together at the International Swimming League in Naples, Italy, as part of the London Roar team.

Emma McKeon medals 

McKeon’s four gold medals plus her one gold from the 2016 Olympics tied her with Ian Thorpe for the most career gold medals by an Australian Olympian in any sport, and her 11 career Olympic medals smashes the previous record for most by an Aussie Olympian, with Thorpe and Leisel Jones having shared the previous mark of nine.

Emma McKeon: Transgender, Debate, Husband, Medals

Medal Record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 5 2 4
World Championships (LC) 4 9 4
Pan Pacific Championships 4 1 2
Commonwealth Games 8 0 4
Total 21 12 14

With her stunning, MVP-esque Olympics that she delivered, McKeon becomes the first Australian to be named Swimming World’s Female World Swimmer of the Year since Stephanie Rice in 2008.

That left McKeon with four gold medals and seven total medals, breaking a mark shared by East Germany’s Kristin Otto and the United States’ Natalie Coughlin for the most medals ever by a female swimmer at one Olympics (previously six). 

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