Birthday: May 6, 1980
Hometown: Plant City, Fla.
Residence: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- Sports Broadcaster
- Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 800m and 400m free
- Fourteen National Titles
- 9th in the world in the 800m free – 2004
- World Record for 800m free in 2000 at Olympic Trials
Speaking Topics: Olympic Games Experience, Keys to Success, Post-Career Success, Living a Healthy Life: Insights on Health, Fitness and Nutrition
Brooke Bennett is popularly known for being one of the most elite swimmers in the country. Her talent and determination was fueled by her grandfather who built Bennett a swimming pool and taught her to swim, a role model she still dedicates every race to. At the young age of 12, Bennett qualified for her first junior national cut and went on to win her first gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. That same year, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Bennett the “Sports Woman of the Year.” After ultimately adding 14 U.S. champion titles to her record, Bennett continued her success, winning two gold medals, one in the 800 meter freestyle and another in the 400 meter freestyle, in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Inspired by Bennett’s passion and athleticism, Wheaties honored her wins by placing her on the cover of their “Breakfast of Champions” cereal box. Disney also praised Bennett’s success by having her handprints in cement at the Disney/ MGM Studios.
Bennett utilized her passion for sports as a sports broadcaster for Bright House Sports Network in Florida for 5 years. She recently stepped away to redirect her passion for the water and training again. Bennett devotes much of her time to teach children how to swim and be water safe through the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy. When she isn’t teaching she is training for open water swims. Bennett is also a new mother, her and her husband welcomed a baby boy in October of 2014. Bennett is also a certified personal trainer and nutritionist through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).
When Brooke isn’t in the pool, she loves to cook and can be found whipping up one of her own healthy recipes. Brooke is also an avid animal lover and enjoys spending time with her four dogs.