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Belinda Hocking
Personal information
Nickname(s) "Bindy"
Born (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 33)
Wangaratta, Victoria
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Nunawading
Coach Rohan Taylor
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing Australia
World Championships (LC)
Silver 2011 Shanghai 200 m backstroke
Silver 2013 Barcelona 200 m backstroke
Bronze 2011 Shanghai 4×100 m medley
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold 2014 Gold Coast 200 m backstroke
Silver 2014 Gold Coast 100 m backstroke
Bronze 2010 Irvine 200 m backstroke
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2014 Glasgow 200 m backstroke
Gold 2014 Glasgow 4×100 m medley
Bronze 2014 Glasgow 100 m backstroke

Belinda Hocking is a retired Australian backstroke swimmer. She is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.


Hocking was fifth in the 200-metre back and sixth in the 50 and 100m back at the Telstra Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane in December 2007, won gold in 4×200-metre freestyle and was fourth in 200-metre backstroke at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, claimed gold in the 100- and 200-metre backstroke and 4×100-metre medley relay, to go with silver in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, won gold in the 100- and 200-metre backstroke and bronze in the 200-metre freestyle at the Australian Age Championships in Perth, won silver in 100-metre backstroke, was fourth in 50-metre backstroke and fifth in 200-metre backstroke at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in Melbourne, and placed third in the 100-metre backstroke at the FINA World Cup in Sydney.

Hocking qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and came eighth in the 200-metre backstroke. She placed second in the 200-metre backstroke, and was third in 100-metre backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships and Olympic Trials in Sydney. That year, she also won silver in the 4×100-metre medley (heat swim), and came fifth in the 100-metre backstroke and sixth in the 50-metre backstroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester. She set a Commonwealth record in 50-metre backstroke at World Short Course Championships and she won 100- and 200-metre backstroke at the Monaco leg of the Mare Nostrum series. She was also second in 100- and 200-metre backstroke at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the 100 and 200 m backstroke events, finishing in 7th and 10th respectively.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won two gold medals in the 200 m backstroke and the 4 x 100 m medley relay, setting Commonwealth Games records in both. She also won a bronze medal in the 100 m backstroke.

She had to take a break from competing in 2015, after a series of accidents and injuries, including a shoulder injury which required surgery, a dislocated knee and a burn injury caused while studying. In 2015, she also began to study for a degree in primary education.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Hocking came fifth in the 200 metre backstroke.

Belinda Hocking announced her retirement from competitive Swimming on 3 March 2017.


Hocking was born in Wangaratta, Victoria. She started swimming when she was 4.

She went to St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School in Wangaratta, and later swam at Nunawading Swimming Club.

See also

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