Nicole Livingstone 2014
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Nicole Livingstone Swimmer, Commentator
Having worked for years with the aim of competing as a professional swimmer, Josh Willis took
part in trials for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. As his friends and family watched back in Ramsay Street, they saw that he failed to qualify in the 50 metres, and nervously watched as he took part in the 100 metres, only for
them to lose the internet connection at the last minute. By the time they got the connection back, Josh was chatting to commentator Nicole Livingstone about his disappointment, and they all instantly assumed that he wouldn't be
going to Glasgow. However, he then said that he was only disappointed with his performance in the 50 metres, but was delighted to have qualified in the 100 metres. Everyone at home was thrilled for him, but the excitement was short-lived,
as only a couple of weeks later Josh was involved in an abseiling accident, and his injuries looked like they would prevent him from going to Glasgow, and indeed from ever swimming professionally again. As Josh sat and thought about
his swimming achievements and his accident, Nicole's voice was in his head as he remembered qualifying for Glasgow and struggled to cope with the thought that it was all over for him.
Born 24th June 1971 in Melbourne, Nicole Dawn Livingstone competed for Australia in three Olympic Games in 1988, 1992 and 1996, winning two bronze and
one silver medal. Following the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Nicole retired from professional swimming and began working as a swimming commentator and a host on Nine's Wide World of Sports. In 1997, she was awarded the Order of
Australia for her services to swimming. In 2007, Nicole became the sports presenter on Nine News PM Edition but in 2008, she left the Nine Network to join the new sports channel One HD. She has since also worked as a
fill-in presenter for Sports Tonight and The Panel, and as a radio presenter on Melbourne's SEN 1116 station.
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