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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 June 1992
180 cm
Partner David Lutterall
Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to the water before she could walk, and began competing at age five.
Why this sport?
Her mother Karen was a swimming teacher.
Club / Team
Griffith University: Australia
Name of coach
Michael Bohl [club], AUS, from 2019; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

International Debut

Competing for
World Championships
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

General Interest

C-Bomb (, 01 May 2011)
Horses, spending time with friends and family, shopping, running. (, 19 Oct 2018; Twitter profile, 15 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 01 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (, 01 Apr 2018)
She suffered from food poisoning at the 2019 Champions Swim Series in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 14 Jun 2019;, 11 Jun 2019)

She had a wisdom tooth removed in January 2017. (, 29 Jul 2017)

In June 2016 she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition of the uterus that has painful side effects. She competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and then underwent surgery in December 2016. (, 19 Mar 2017;, 28 Dec 2016)

She dislocated her knee while riding a horse in May 2015. (, 19 May 2015)

Suffering from the effects of swine flu, she collapsed after competing in the 100m backstroke final at the 2011 Australian Championships. Later in 2011 she also suffered from tonsillitis, bronchitis and pancreatitis. (, 14 Feb 2012;, 04 Apr 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always puts her cap on from the back of her head to the front. (, 14 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be the best you can be." (, 01 May 2011)
Awards and honours
In February 2016 the city council in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, opened the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre in the suburb of Fitzgibbon. (, 17 Feb 2016)

She was jointly named 2015 Female Australian Swimmer of the Year, sharing the award with Bronte Campbell. She won the award outright in 2017. (, 29 Oct 2017;, 05 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2014 Short Course Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia. (, 22 Dec 2014)

In 2009, she was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] for services to sport. (ABC News, 27 Jan 2009)
Famous relatives
Her father John Seebohm played more than 300 games of Australian rules football for Glenelg in the South Australian National Football League. Her mother Karen was a netball player and swimming coach. Her cousin Shannon Seebohm has played in Australia's National Basketball League and worked as a coach in Australia's Women's National Basketball League. (, 25 Nov 2015;, 26 Mar 2015;, 01 May 2011;, 27 Jan 2008)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 31 Jul 2017)
Other information
She won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and two gold medals in relays at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan. "It's pretty much a confidence boost leading into [2019] knowing that if I did that off what I did, then next time around it should be a lot better. So if I can do this, then I feel like 2020 [Olympic Games in Tokyo] will be a breeze." (, 14 Aug 2018;, 13 Aug 2018)

She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings at the top of her back. She also has a star tattooed on her ankle and the Latin word for breathe on her wrist. (, 26 Mar 2012)

In 2019 she became an ambassador for Endometriosis Australia. She had endometriosis in 2012. "There was nothing I could do about my symptoms at that stage so I was grateful to focus on my swimming and I channelled all my energy into training." (, 04 Sep 2019)