From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer. O'Brien trains under Peter Gartell at the Kawana Waters Swim Club. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has been a member of two junior Australian teams and one senior team.
Open Water Swimming Career
Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 3.84 km - second place overall
Australian Championships, 6th 400 Freestyle (3.54.34), Bronze 1500 Freestyle (15.18.52)
New South Wales Championships, 4th 400 Freestyle (3.53.66), Silver 1500 Freestyle (15.23.80)
State Capital Classic 3.3 km ocean swim, 1st (37.12) Wellington, New Zealand
Queensland Championships, 9th 200 Freestyle (1.52.50), Silver 400 Freestyle (3.53.00), Bronze 1500 Freestyle (15.27.34)
Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 3.84 km – 1st Male Open (record time 43mins 40secs)
Maui Channel Swim, Hawaii, USA - member of the winning 6 man Tattersall’s Australian Masters Team, 15.85 km Lanai to Maui, 3 hrs 32 mins.
Queensland Short Course Championships, Freestyle 400m - 1st (3 mins 47.13secs)
DHL Australian Surf Championships, U19 Male Surf Race – 1st, Open Men’s Taplin Relay Race – 3rd
Australian Open Water Championships, 10 km – 5th, 1hr 55mins 19secs, Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.
Brisbane Open Water Championships, 10 km - Gold Medallist, 17yrs & over, Raby Bay, Cleveland
FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, 7th, Sharjah, UAE
Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Maui, Hawaii, USA, 10 km - Gold Medallist
Pan Pacific Championships, Irvine, California, USA; 10 km open water - 5th, Long Beach, California
Australian Open Water Championships 10 km - Bronze Medallist, Open Men, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria.
New Zealand Open Water Championships 10 km - Gold Medallist, Open Male, Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Queensland 17/18 years Champion 10 km Open Water, Kawana Waters. Time: 1hr 55mins 26.87secs
Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Guam. Events contested – 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 10 km.
“Unless you your willing to face the music, you’ll never become leader of the band”