Olympian Regan Harrison
Former Scout and Champion Australian Swimmer
Swimmer and former Queensland Scout Regan Harrison competed in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Although missing out on a place for the finals, Regan said his Olympic experience was one that he’ll remember for the rest of his life. “The Games ran really well. The Olympic Village and sporting venues were fantastic and Athens itself was a great city,” Reagan said on his return to Australia.
He is a former Cub and Scout with the Rochdale Group in Brisbane finishing at the age of 12.
The Olympic spirit and experience touched Reagan once again like it did at the Sydney Olympics. “The best part about the Olympics is having the best athletes in every sport from every country in the world in the one place. You can go and watch any event at the highest level for two weeks straight.
Another amazing thing is you walk through the streets and can talk to anybody. You just ask, ‘Where are you from?’ and it starts a conversation immediately.” Congratulations to Regan on his second Olympic Games.
Regan on his Scouting history:
"I really enjoyed my time as a Scout. When I was 8, I joined the Rochdale Group in Brisbane as a Cub and finished in Scouts when I was 12.
I enjoyed participating in the outdoor activities and Scouting gave me the opportunity to meet new people away from my other pursuits like school and sport.
It’s funny because some people I speak with think that Scouts is dorky or uncool, but I never found that to be the case. Some kids just don’t know what they are missing out on!
Even the kids that joined and were quite shy in the beginning began to increase their self-confidence and had so much fun and learnt about so many different things. They became so much more outgoing and willing to try anything.
I still find myself being able to apply things I learned in Scouting to everyday situations, even now.
If you are a young person or a parent, give it a go and become involved in Scouting."
Facts and Figures
- DOB: 1978
- Born: Brisbane
- Learnt to swim at age five “Learnt to swim because Mum and Dad put a pool in the backyard and my sister was learning to swim.
- Started training seriously at age 13 1999 made first Australian Open Team 1999 Silver medal at Pan Pacific Championships in 100m breaststroke
- 1999 Australian Swimming’s ‘Rookie of the Year’
- 2000 Olympic Silver Medal in the 4x100m Medley Relay (team members included Michael Klim, Geoff Huegill and Matt Welsh) in a Commonwealth and Australian record time
- 2000 Australian Swimming’s Breaststroker of the year
- 2001 World Champion in the 4x100m Medley Relay (team members included Ian Thorpe, Geoff Huegill and Matt Welsh) - New Games Record
- 2001 World Championships and Goodwill Games Men’s Team Captain
- 2001 Goodwill Games - Gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay and New Games Record
- 2002 represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships
- 2003 - Won the 100 metres breaststroke at the Telstra Australian Championships in a personal best time of 1:02.08 that sent him to Barcelona for the World Championships
- 2004 - Competes at the Athens 2004 Olympics in 200 metre Breastroke
- AIS Scholarship holder from 1997 to present.