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Where the Magic Happens – Giaan Rooney

By June 9, 2020March 26th, 2021Podcasts

Giaan Rooney is an Olympic Gold Medalist and holds medals at every level of competition. The former darling of Australian Swimming, Giaan retired in 2006 to forge a successful career as an Australian TV presenter.

Giaan’s memorable smile and ability to engage are almost trumped by her enormous energy for work. An adept speaker and presenter, Giaan is a person of enormous talent and professionalism.

Giaan’s high profile broadcast involvement with Channel 7 has included the Brisbane News team, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2016 Rio Olympics, Australian Open coverage, commentator for the Australian Swimming Championships, and presenter on the House of Wellness.

Giaan has previously spent years with Channel Nine where she was involved across a range of shows including a co-anchor of Wide World of Sports, presenting stories on Getaway, Postcards, the 2010 Winter Olympics, 2012 London Olympics, Nine’s Spring Racing Coverage and the Today Show weather.

Giaan is an Ambassador for CareSuper and Life Space Probiotics. She is also an avid supporter of her chosen charities, the Nelune Foundation, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the Sony Foundation.

After spending many years in Melbourne, Giaan relocated to the Gold Coast with her husband Sam and two children, Zander and Alexa.

Giaan is a fierce competitor and very driven. She is also such a warm and authentic person who has a natural ability to engage and leave a lasting impression. I wanted to tap into her incredible success and boy did we have a wonderful discussion! There are so many gold nuggets in this podcast that you can apply to all areas of your life.

We chat about:

  • Giaan’s swimming achievements and what drove her to succeed.
  • Her defining moment that enabled her to retire at the right time and embrace her achievements
  • Her transition to her media career and some sound advice she received
  • Why being uncomfortable is where you will create your magic
  • Giaan’s life now after significant disruption caused by COVID-19.


Giaan Rooney