Athlete Profile: Bronte Barratt

Bronte Barratt is an Australian swimmer and Olympian whose career is studded with successes at the highest level.

Born in Brisbane in 1989, Bronte entered into a family of sporting pedigree; her grandmother represented Australia in the long jump at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

Continuing the tradition, Bronte stormed the global athletics scene at the Shanghai World Short Course Championships 2006, where she won a gold medal with the 4x200m freestyle relay team. A year later she broke the oldest Australian record for swimming by defeating Tracey Wickham’s 29-year record in the 400m freestyle.

An array of silver and bronze medals over subsequent years propelled Bronte to the forefront of world athletics, while gold medals at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014, proved her consistency as an elite performer.

Success on the Olympic stage was no less distinguished; Bronte won gold in the 4x200m freestyle in Beijing 2008, silver in the same event at London 2012 and bronze in the 200m freestyle. Her Olympic career was sealed in silver at Rio de Janeiro 2016 with second place in the 4x200m freestyle.

Throughout her career, Bronte’s achievements have been nurtured by her discipline, teamwork skills and relentless commitment to being the best. Demonstrating tenacity and excellent time-management, the athlete studied for a second degree in Medical Imaging at Queensland University of Technology while training for the Rio Games.

During Rio 2016, sports transition specialists, Athlete Career Transition (ACT), conducted an in-depth search for female Olympians for a business internship with global services provider, EY.

Bronte was selected as a stand-out candidate alongside eight others for the Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Intern Program at EY.

In September 2016, the Australian joined the EY Advisory practice, becoming part of a team focused on the health sector, a position that will leverage her education in nutrition and radiography.

Bronte is receiving mentorship from a partner and directors that work across health in government, and a number of other health networks. She is also benefitting from ongoing transitional support through ACT alongside coaching from ACT’s transitional sports psychologist, Ben Paszkowec.

Prior to her internship, Bronte spoke to ACT:

“The opportunity that EY and ACT have created really excites me. Building a new set of skills in a new environment is going to be a great challenge and will help me in making the perfect transition from sport to the business world,” she said.

“ACT have given me fantastic support that is helping me transition from sport into business in a safe and secure manner,” she added.

Her strong interest in the medical industry means Bronte is keen to expand her experience in medical practice in the corporate sphere.

Stay tuned for further updates on Bronte’s journey into business.

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