Sam Short Parents Danny And Nicole Short: Siblings And Girlfriend

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Sam Short’s parents gained popularity as soon as the Australian swimmer won the gold medal in the opening final of the 2023 World Aquatics.

Danny and Nicole Short have been a strong support system that fuels Sam’s ambitions. They have been instrumental in shaping his journey to becoming a prominent swimmer. 

This article gives an insight into his personal life, providing brief information on his parents, siblings, and girlfriend.

Sam Short Became 2023 400m Freestyle World Champion
Sam Short Became The 2023 400m Freestyle World Champion (Source: Instagram)

Samuel Short, born 17 September 2003, is an international swimmer who has represented Australia at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The former captain of Prince of Peace Lutheran College graduated in 2021 and attended the Queensland University of Technology, studying dual science and law honors degree. 

He made headlines after winning a gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle and a silver in the 400m Freestyle at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Similarly, he won a silver medal as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay at the 2022 World Championships.

In addition, Short won gold in the 400m freestyle and silver in the 800m at swimming’s world championships in Japan.

Sam Short Parents: Danny And Nicole Short

Sam Short comes from a decorated list of family achievers in water sports. On top of that, Sam’s parents, Danny and Nicole, have been the guiding force behind his swimming career. 

Sam’s father, Danny Short, is a former National Surf Team member and head coach. He is a multiple Queensland and Australian champion with Maroochydore.

Moreover, following in his father’s footsteps, Sam also competed in Australian surf competitions, winning quite a few Australian Surf race championships.

The Short Family
The Short Family (Source: Instagram)

Nicole, Sam’s mother, used to accompany him to training and talk to the coaches while teaching him the values of humility and perseverance.

Additionally, she has been closely monitoring her son’s swimming feats and cheering for him.

Her unwavering support and encouragement have helped Sam during both victories and setbacks.

Together, Danny and Nicole have created a nurturing environment at home where Sam can focus on his passion for swimming.

Sam Short Siblings: Summer And Joey

Growing up in a close-knit family, Sam shares a strong bond with his siblings, Summer and Joey Short.

Along with Sam, both of his siblings follow in the footsteps of their father, Danny Short.

Summer Short is the elder sister of the Australian swimmer, who competes in the Surf Life Saving sport.

An accomplished athlete, Summer has represented Maroochydore Surf Sports in multiple championships and earned a few silverware.

Sam's Sister Summer Coached Surfing To His Brother Joey
Sam’s Sister Summer Coached Surfing To His Brother Joey (Source: Instagram)

In 2018 and 2023, she won medals in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.

Furthermore, the 2018 Youth World Champion has represented Australia in the Commonwealth Pool Lifesaving Championships on multiple occasions.

Sam’s younger brother, Josiah (Joey) Short, is also into surfing and would later compete in Surf Life Saving competitions. As a matter of fact, Joey and his team were coached by Summer herself.

However, Joey’s primary work of passion is acting. The youngest short is an actor with extensive camera experience, acting in films & TVCs.

Joey is known for playing major roles in movies like The Edge (2023) and Henrietta (2021). Additionally, he portrayed lead roles in award-winning films of different genres.

Sam Short Girlfriend: Gabbi Seccombe

Australia’s latest swimming sensation, Sam Short, is in a romantic relationship with his girlfriend, Gabrielle (Gabbi) Seccombe.

Gabbi was born to her parents, Doug Seccombe and Mardi Seccombe, in June 2003.

She grew up with a younger brother named Finn Seccombe.

Based in Brisbane, Gabbi is a social media influencer with an active presence on Instagram and Tiktok.

Sam Short And His Girlfriend Gabbi Seccombe
Sam Short And His Girlfriend Gabbi Seccombe (Source: Instagram)

Gabbi posted a series of Instagram stories with Sam’s picture captioned, “He is a world champion. So beyond proud.”

In light of Gabbi’s Instagram feed, the couple has been together for almost two years. 

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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