Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion Jason Plummer died at his home on Monday, November 15 at the age of 52.
Plummer is survived by his wife, Kris, and his two children.
Plummer represented Australia at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul when he was just 19, finishing 14th individually in the men’s 1500 freestyle while also swimming the third leg on the Aussie’s fourth-place-finishing 4×200 free relay.
Prior to his Olympic appearance, Plummer, who trained out of the St. Peters Swim Club in Brisbane, won silver in the men’s 400, 800 and 1500 free at the 1985 Australian National Championships behind fellow Queenslander Michael McKenzie.
The following year at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Plummer overcame McKenzie to win gold in the 1500 free, and went on to add a pair of bronzes in the 400 and 1500 free at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships in Brisbane.
A multi-sport athlete, Plummer represented Australia at the National Surf Live Saving Championships in 1988, where he was crowned World Surf Race Champion.
Plummer moved to the United States and attended Stanford University at the age of 20 in 1989, becoming an All-American with the Cardinal while graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He would go on to earn an MBA at UCLA in 1998, and worked on Wall Street before moving to Dallas where he sold luxury real estate.
In 2007, it was revealed that Plummer was one of the five swimmers who Stanford head coach Skip Kenney erased from the team record books. Kenney admitted to intentionally wiping out certain athletes with whom he had clashed with from the record books. At the time, Plummer said his school top-15 times in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free were eliminated by Kenney in the early ’90s.
Plummer also was a swim coach over the years, including serving as assistant to Mike Anderson at the University of Hawaii in the early 2000s.