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Tarnee White OAM

Updated: Oct 30, 2023


Olympic Gold medallist, Tarnee White was born in Redcliffe in 1981 and attended Southern Cross Catholic College. From an early age she showed great promise as a swimmer. Training under local Redcliffe coach, Ken Woods at the Redcliffe Leagues Club, Tarnee made her swimming debut at the 1999 Pan Pacific Titles in Sydney, coming in a creditable 7th in the 100m Breaststroke.

In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Tarnee was 7th in the final of the 100m Breaststroke and won an Olympic silver medal as a member of the 4x100m relay team.

Tarnee competed at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, coming 9th in both the 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke events.

She collected her first individual medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, when she won bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke.

Tarnee also competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, winning bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke, and fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke, narrowly missing bronze.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics Tarnee was 6th in the final of the100m Breaststroke and won an Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the womens 4x100m relay team.

Tarnee is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and in 2009, she was awarded and Order of Australian for her contribution to sport.

In 2014 Tarnee graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Canberra.


Tarnee White is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:

A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.



For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post:


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