Rhys Mainstone’s career in open water swimming began as a chase for pocket money in high school, when he saw fliers advertising cash prizes for a 1600m race.
Those humble beginnings led the Perth-born marathon man to a breakout period following the 2009 season.
In the 12 months that followed his international junior debut, Mainstone captured the 2010 Australian 10km title and finished fourth in the Dubai leg of the Senior World Cup.
A year later, the City of Perth charge won Silver at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai alongside Melissa Gorman and Ky Hurst in the 5km team event.
Open water swimming was introduced to the Olympics at Beijing in 2008 and Mainstone was devastated when he missed qualification for London four years later.
But the distance swimmer shrugged off the disappointment to take the 2012 Australian title and, as a child of 1990, has both time and talent on his side.
Mainstone has continued his rise to stardom by winning endurance swimming races throughout Australia and the world, most notably the 2012 Hong Kong Open Water World Cup and three times representing his country at the World Championships.
- World Championships
2013 Barcelona, Spain – 13th 10km, 19th 5km
2011 Shanghai, China – Silver: 5km team event
2009 Rome, Italy – 21st in the 10km
- Pan Pacific
2010 Irvine, California – 12th in the 10km
- World Open Water
2010 Roberval, Canada – 6th in the 5km
- Open Water World Cup
2012 Hong Kong – Gold: 10km
2010 Sharjah, UAE – 5th in the 10km
2009 Dubai, UAE – 6th in the 10km
2009 Sharjah, UAE – 4th in the 10km