Minna Atherton started competitive swimming when she was 10 years old after her primary school PE teacher suggested she started training after she was doing well at school carnivals. Two years later at just 12 years old, Minna won the Australian Age Nationals, breaking the Australian Age Record in the process under Coach, David Lush.
- Discipline: 100m, 200m Backstroke
- Date of Birth: 17/05/2000
- Birthplace: Brisbane
- Nickname: Just Minna!
- Favourite Quote: “Trust the Process”
- Biggest challenge: Dealing with shoulder issues and not racing much during Covid
- Instagram Account: @minnaatherton
At Age 14, Minna was the youngest swimmer selected onto the Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team which gave her great experience for the 2015 Junior World Championships a year later. Here, she won 3 Gold and 3 Silver Medals and broke the World Junior Record in the 100m back. Later in her career, she has added the 50m Backstroke Junior World Record to her impressive list of achievements.
Minna ‘s first Senior International was the 2016 FINA World Short Course Championships in Canada where again, she gained the experience of travel and elite competition.
Minna Atherton decided to withdraw from major international competitions in 2017 in order to focus more on academic study and enjoying her last year of school. This break from competition paid off when she not only qualified for the Commonwealth Games but was awarded one of the Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarships for Bond University, where she is now studying Biomedical Science.
In 2019 at the World Championships, Minna won two Silver Medals in 100m Backstroke and 4 x 100m Medley Relay and she followed up her great form by breaking the World Short Course 100m backstroke record at the inaugural ISL Competition later that year. Having just missed out on qualification for the Tokyo Games due to a shoulder injury, Her focus is now training for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.