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Ross Youngman

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Ross Youngman, Derwent River Big Swim record-setter

Ross Youngman, born 1961, is an Australian open water swimmer from Sydney who was born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania. He has achieved both the Australian Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming and the World Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Sporting & Swimming Background

  • As a child, he trained with fireman, Vic Chugg's swimming squad at the Launceston Windmill Hill Baths, and was a member of the South Esk Swimming Club.
  • For high school he attended the Launceston Church Grammar School where he captained the swim team in his final year.
  • He worked as a lifeguard at both the Windmill Hill Baths and the Glenorchy Pool in Hobart, while studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Tasmania.
  • He played Australian Rules football in Tasmania for East Launceston and Sandy Bay Football Clubs and represented Tasmania on a number of occasions.
  • He was a member of the Low Head Surf Club in Tasmania and the Bronte Surf Club in Sydney.
  • He received a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University in 1991 and worked in New York until 2002, before returning to Sydney, where he works at Ausbil Investment Management, who sponsor the Palm Beach to Shelley Beach Marathon Swim.
  • He is currently studying for a Masters of Science in Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney.
  • He swims with the Vladswim Squad under Vlad Mravec and Jai Di Tommaso.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

Piloting/Swim Observer

He regularly assists his brother Mark Youngman in piloting swimmers undertaking the 34 km Derwent River Big Swim in Tasmania, using Mark's boat the Des Renford, a 4.35m Stressl Angler.

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