William Yang represented Australia in swimming at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and won two gold medals from the relays, swimming in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He also finished fifth in the men’s 100m freestyle.  

At the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, 23-year-old William swam a personal best time of 48.55 seconds to win the men’s 100m freestyle and become the new Australian champion.

Born in China, William recently took eight months off from the sport and was close to quitting.

The Loreto Normanhurst swimmer is no stranger to a podium, having claimed an international gold when he took the 50m fly top prize at the 2019 World University Games in Naples.

Also an accomplished backstroker with a 50m and 100m PB of 24.98 and 53.59, respectively, William has proactively shifted his focus to freestyle.

He is partially coached by former world champion Bobby Hurley and NSWIS coach Adam Kable as part of the New South Wales Performance Hub program.