From an early age Jake had shown a gifted talent across many sports. His natural ability coupled with a thirst for perfection and a drive to train harder and smarter was ultimately what pushed him into making a commitment to the sport of swimming.
- Discipline: 100m Breaststroke (dabbles in 200m Breaststroke)
- Date of Birth: 20/06/1994
- Birthplace: Penrith NSW
- Nickname: Packy
- Sporting Idol: Brenton Rickard
- Favourite Quote: “Sport owes you nothing”
- Biggest challenge: Having to pull out of World Championship Trials due to sickness.
- Instagram Account: @jake_packard
After narrowly missing qualification for the 2012 Australian Olympic Team, Jake made the brave decision to move from his hometown of Noosa to pursue his dreams under the guidance of a new coach, Chris Mooney.
Jake Packard made his Senior International swimming debut at the 2014 Pan Pacific Games on the Gold Coast where he swam 100m Breaststroke and the Medley Relay. In 2015, Jake began to make his mark by becoming the 3rd Australian in history to break the one minute barrier for 100m Breaststroke. That year, Jake went on to progress through to the Final of his pet event at the World Championships placing 5th overall.
He also was a part of the silver medal winning Medley Relay Team finishing a close behind the USA. 2016 saw Jake make his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games where he took home bronze in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay as the Breaststroke specialist.
Jake Packard is currently studying a Bachelor of Animal Ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast.