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Brittany
Elmslie
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 June 1994
Height
180 cm
Weight
69 kg
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Event Management, Sports Management - Griffith University: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She has been swimming her whole life as it was part of the culture where she grew up in Noosa, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
Although she has been swimming since a young age it was not until age 12 that she began competing and fell in love with the sport.
Club / Team
Brisbane Grammar School: Australia
Name of coach
David Lush [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

International Debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Australia

General Interest

Nicknames
Brit, Britty, Bidz (womenfitness.net, 08 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her first coach Michael Sage. (olympics.com.au, 07 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Australian swimmers Jodie Henry and Libby Trickett, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (couriermail.com.au, 13 Apr 2012)
Injuries
A health condition she dealt with in 2013 led to her parting with coach Matt Brown in June of that year. (theaustralian.com.au, 26 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What you put into it is a perfect reflection of what you want out of it." (london2012.olympics.com.au, 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star of the Year in 2016 in Australia. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 27 Jan 2017)

She was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia's top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in the 2014 Australia Day Honours list. Her fellow 4x100m gold medallists from the 2012 Olympic Games in London also received the honour. (insidethegames.biz, 26 Jan 2014)

She and the rest of the Australian women's 4x100 freestyle relay team were named the winners of the Golden Moment of the Year at the 2012 Australian Swimming Awards for winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 26 Nov 2012)

She was named Discovery of the Year by the Australian Sports Commission in 2012. (Swimming Australia, 24 Nov 2012)
Other sports
She has participated in surf lifesaving at national level. At state level, she has competed in water polo, basketball and karate. She has also taken part in triathlons. (olympics.com.au, 2012)
Famous relatives
Her brother David has also represented Australia in swimming. Her mother and her uncle also competed at the Commonwealth Games. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 02 Apr 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (theaustralian.com.au, 10 Dec 2016)
Other information
OTHER STUDIES
She has studied nutritional science at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (olympics.com.au, 07 Aug 2016)

TUMOUR REMOVAL
In May 2015 she had a benign tumour removed from her breast. The surgery and after effects meant that she withdrew from selection consideration for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (theaustralian.com.au, 10 Dec 2016; swimswam.com, 13 Jun 2015; couriermail.com.au, 14 Jun 2015)

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