WELLINGS Eloise < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 09 Nov 1982 in White Plains, NY, USA
Height1.72 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Jony, daughter India
Other names Eloise Poppett
Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Exercise and Health Science - University of Wollongong: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics at age six.
Why this sport? Her mother and uncle were interested in running so she followed them into the sport.
Club / Team Sutherland Athletics Club: Australia
Name of coach Nic Bideau [personal], AUS, from 2002
Training Regime She ran 130km per week in training ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
General Interest
Nicknames Elzy (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol Irish distance runner Sonia O'Sullivan, Australian distance runners Benita Willis, Haley McGregor and Craig Mottram. (femail.com.au, 07 Aug 2007)
Injuries She has had problems with stress fractures during her career. She sustained 10 in her teenage years, and similar injuries forced her to miss the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. (couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015; rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She must have her shoelaces tucked in for races. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
Famous relatives Her mother Cheryl competed in athletics [distance running] at national level in Australia. (Athletics Australia, 19 Feb 2006)
Ambitions To compete in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 27 May 2016)
Other information FOUNDATION
In 2010 she co-founded the Love Mercy Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation to support agricultural projects for women in Uganda whose lives have been affected by civil war. She was inspired after meeting Ugandan middle distance runner Julius Achon in Portland, OR, United States of America, as she tried to recover from injury in time for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Achon's story of escaping life as a child soldier in Uganda to becoming an Olympic athlete, and his charity work in his homeland convinced her to start her own foundation. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 27 May 2016; couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015; rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)