SEEBOHM Emily < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 05 Jun 1992 in Adelaide, AUS
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
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
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames C-Bomb (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Hobbies Horses, spending time with friends and family, shopping, running. (tnp.sg, 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. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Injuries She suffered from food poisoning at the 2019 Champions Swim Series in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 14 Jun 2019; sports.yahoo.com, 11 Jun 2019)

In December 2016 she underwent surgery after she was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had first started experiencing symptoms in 2011. (theguardian.com, 19 Mar 2017; swimswam.com, 28 Dec 2016; whimn.com.au, 04 Sep 2019)

She dislocated her knee while riding a horse in May 2015. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 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. (news.bbc.co.uk, 14 Feb 2012; dailytelegraph.com.au, 04 Apr 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She always puts her cap on from the back of her head to the front. (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be the best you can be." (swimming.org.au, 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. (brisbane.qld.gov.au, 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. (thenewdaily.com.au, 29 Oct 2017; swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2014 Short Course Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia. (swimswam.com, 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. (swimswam.com, 25 Nov 2015; adelaidenow.com.au, 26 Mar 2015; swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011; smh.com.au, 27 Jan 2008)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sbs.com.au, 31 Jul 2017)
Other information EATING DISORDER
In December 2020 she announced that she had been affected by an eating disorder in previous years. "For over two years I've been dealing with an eating disorder. I've binged, purged and taken laxatives. I've counted calories, skipped meals and constantly weighed myself. I've been embarrassed to be in my togs. I have judged my body every time I have been in front of a mirror. I've been told that the only way I can swim faster is by losing weight and I have believed it. This year [2021] I'm going to be braver for myself. To give my body the love it deserves and to start I needed to be honest to everyone including myself." (olympics.com, 01 Jan 2021)

COACH, TRAINING BASE CHANGE
After failing to qualify for the Australian team for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she left coach David Lush and her training base in Brisbane, QLD, to work under Michael Bohl on the Gold Coast, also in Queensland. (swimswam.com, 02 Sep 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 she became an ambassador for Endometriosis Australia. "I was 25 when I was diagnosed and I didn't know a single thing about it. It sounds so simple a solution, but honestly it's a matter of talking about it. As soon as girls and women talk to each other we can start realising what's right and what's wrong when it comes to periods." (whimn.com.au, 04 Sep 2019)