EDINGTON Sophie < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 12 Dec 1984 in Loxton, AUS
Height1.79 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation Business Owner
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? At age eight.
Why this sport? She followed her older sister into the sport.
Club / Team Indooroopilly Swimming Club and QIS: Kingscliff, ACT, AUS
Name of coach Simon Cusack
Coach from which country? Australia
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Championships
Location Spain
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Setting a new world record in the final of the 50m backstroke at Australia's 2008 Olympic trials. (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010)
Hero / Idol Petria Thomas, Sarah Ryan, Michael Klim. (Swimming Australia 11 Aug 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "No, superstitions are for the weak." (Australian Swimming 20 Jun 2005)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Failure is never so frightening as regret." (swimming.org.au, 16 Jun 2010)
Awards and honours She was named New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 and NSW Swimmer of the Year 2005-06. (fia.com.au 28 Feb 2008)
Famous relatives Her father threw javelin for the Australian junior athletics team. (Australian Swimming, 20 Jun 2005)
Ambitions To become an individual world record holder in 100m backstroke. She also hopes to be a successful business woman after her career. (Australian Swimming, 20 Jun 2005, fia.com.au 28 Feb 2008)
Other information SWIMWEAR
In 2004 she started a swimwear business with Josh Watson called FAB Swimwear. The swimwear is designed by Brazilian Olympic swimmer Fabiola Molina, and is also available in New Zealand through Olympic swimmer Helen Norfolk. Ignoring the now commonplace full-body suit, she raised eyebrows when she swam the semifinal of the Australian Olympic Trials in a two-piece pink bikini. (Australian Swimming, 01 Dec 2004; fabswim.com.au 23 Feb 2007; foxsports.com.au, 28 Mar 2008)