Emma, 22, and David McKeon, 23, are the first brother and sister to compete for Australia at the same Olympics since John and Ilsa Konrads in 1960.
She’ll also have her coaching dad Ron, a former Olympian himself, and mum Susie, a Commonwealth Games swimming star, in her Rio corner too.
We caught up with the #ThatsGold ambassador before she went into camp to find out the difference her special family bond makes – and glean a few beauty tips too!
Swimming is a real family affair for the McKeons. Give us an overview of that dynamic – and the relationship between you and your brother David
My mum, dad and uncle were all on the Aussie swim team and have been involved in swimming their whole lives. I’m really lucky that they are all able to give me the best advice and support in both swimming and life, because they have done it all before and really understand it. We all grew up by the water, surfing, doing nippers in the summer, waterskiing and swimming, so it was a natural choice I think. That’s where my love for the water comes from.
My brother went to the London Olympics in 2012, so it will be nice to have him over there right next to me the whole trip to give me the support and advice when I need it. Being my first Olympics, I’m sure it will be both overwhelming and exciting!
Tells us about your involvement with That’s Gold and the difference it’s making to your campaign
The “That’s Gold” campaign is about celebrating and enjoying the golden moments during the Olympics, both on and off the podium. Winning a gold medal is certainly a golden moment but the special moments with family and friends – that’s what Coca-Cola’s campaign is all about. Personally, my That’s Gold moment during the Olympics will be having my brother and my dad on the team with me to share the whole Olympic experience with. Plus, both my mum and sister will be there to watch. This is what will make these Olympics so memorable for me!
How do you keep your skin and hair in such good shape?
Being in the chlorine for four hours every day definitely makes my skin and hair very dry! So I try to do the best job I can at cleaning and restoring hydration to my skin and hair. I use Olay moisturiser on my face every day after training and before bed. I also ensure I cleanse my face after a swim and again before bed to remove any excess chlorine.
To avoid my hair becoming too damaged I have to rinse it straight away after every session to get the chlorine out, then again before bed. I find leave in conditioner helps a lot to restore moisture to my hair. Staying hydrated is also key, so I drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Are you a good cook? What does an average day look like for you, meal-wise?
I’m not much of a cook to be honest, particularly with my hectic training schedule. I find I don’t have much time to cook. But I always like to choose the healthy options, with lots of veggies and some protein in every meal.
For breakfast I usually have Weet-Bix or two eggs on toast. Lunch is usually a salad sandwich or sometimes some left over dinner. After training at night, dinner tends to be something quick and easy to cook such as stir-fry, pasta, or a steak and salad.
How’s the team mood and what are your expectations in Rio?
The team mood is very positive at the moment. Everyone is super excited for what’s coming up and it’s so nice that everyone on this team is so close and are all good friends. You know that everyone on the team has your back and supports each other, which is so great. I can’t wait to get over to our staging camp and then onto Rio! I have put in a lot of hard work in the pool and in the gym over the last two years particularly, so I am confident in my ability. I know I’ll do the best I can, so I’m very excited to start racing once the resting period is over.