Retired swimmer and television presenter Giaan Rooney, and her husband Sam Levett, welcomed their first child on March 17, and have named their son Zander.
Giaan began her international swimming career aged 15 at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, where she won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke, and was a member of the gold-medal winning relay team. In 2001 she claimed the world swimming title in 200 m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Japan; at this event, the Australian women’s relay team, which included Giaan, were disqualified after they jumped in the pool to celebrate their victory. Giaan was named captain of the Australian swim team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and won a silver medal in the 100 m backstroke, coming second by only 0.01 of a second; as you would expect of such a tight contest, video footage of the result was ambiguous. Giaan retired from competitive swimming after this event. During her career, she won gold and two silvers at Olympic Games, and two golds, three silvers and a bronze at Commonwealth Games. Since retiring from swimming, Giaan has worked as a television presenter, and until going on maternity leave, was the weather presenter on Seven News Melbourne.
Sam is a helicopter pilot. He and Giaan were married in 2011, and they live on a farm in country Victoria.
(Photo of Giaan and Sam from Pinterest)