MILLS Alice < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 23 May 1986 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.75 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Nursing - University of Canberra: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started swimming at age six.
Why this sport? "I have always had a competitive nature and swimming has helped me to channel my competitive energy in a positive way."
Club / Team Chandler and Australian Institute of Sport [AIS]: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Name of coach Tracy Menzies
Coach from which country? Australia
Training Regime She has an intense training session that includes swimming 10 times a week combined with abdominal exercises, yoga and pilates as well as weekly physio/massage treatments.
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for Australia
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Manchester
General Interest
Nicknames Al, Little Alice. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010' The Australian, Mar 23 2010)
Hobbies Relaxing with friends, going to the movies, sleeping, shopping, watching Australian rules football, baking. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010 )
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Most influential person in career Her family. (AOC, 21 Jun 2005)
Hero / Idol Lance Armstrong and Muhammad Ali. (AOC, 21 June 2005)
Injuries She suffered a lower back injury in 2006. (NOC, 14 May 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She never walks over drains. (Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you keep on cutting corners, eventually you'll go around in circles." (AAP, 21 Jul 2003)
Awards and honours In 2005 she received the Order of the Medal of Australia [OAM]. (, 29 Feb 2008)

She was named Femaile Individual Medley Swimmer of the Year at the Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards in 2003 and 2004. (, 29 Feb 2008)

She was named 2003 'Womensport Queensland' Junior Sportswoman of the Year. (, 29 Feb 2008)

She was named 2002 Australian Institute of Sport Discovery of the Year. ((Swimming Australia, 16 Jun 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Commonwealth Games for the third time in a row. She also aims to keep swimming until the 2012 Olympic Games, finish her degree and work as a nurse in pediatric care. (University of Canberra, 22 Jun 2010)
Other information 2001 GOODWILL GAMES
During the 2001 Goodwill Games, she was a volunteer basket girl at the swimming, carrying the athlete's clothing to and from the pool deck. (The Age, 17 Jul 2003)

She was diagnosed with mild asthma at the age of 10 and in August 2006, she became an ambassador for the Asthma Foundation. She is also an ambassador for the Breast Cancer Foundation. (, 29 Feb 2008)