Further Personal Information
||Sunshine, VIC, AUS
||Brisbane North Institute of TAFE: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began swimming at age four and started swimming competitively from the age of six in Maidstone, Victoria.
|Why this sport?
||Her mother thought it was a good idea for her to learn to swim, and her brother also swam.
|Club / Team
||Kawana Waters / Queensland Academy of Sport: Australia
|Name of coach
|Coach from what year?
||Sam, Sammy, Samil. (QAS, 14 Jul 2008)
||Going to the beach.
(swimmingaustralia.com.au, 14 Jul 2010).
|Memorable sporting achievement
||"It was my dream to make the Olympic Games and to make it twice [2008, 2012] is amazing."
(macedonrangesweekly.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)
|Most influential person in career
||Her mother. (Swimming Australia, 14 Jul 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||"[Australian swimmer] Libby Trickett, a great attitude towards swimming." She also cites Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill as a hero.
(2009 FINA World Championships Media Guide, 22 Jul 2009; NOC, 14 Jul 2008)
||After the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games she battled a persistent shoulder injury that forced her out of the pool for six weeks at the end of 2010.
She suffers from asthma, and has had back and shoulder injuries during her career.
(Swimming Australia, 14 Jul 2008; sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 15 Jul 2011)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Go hard or go home." (london2012.olympics.com.au, 22 Mar 2012)
||BEIJING 2008 SACRIFICE
In order for her to make the 2008 Olympic Games team, her mother moved with her from Melbourne on Australia's southern coast to Queensland in the north in 2006, leaving behind her father and brother. "My mum doesn't work because she is always having to take me around everywhere. It's really hard, because mum split the family for me, so I'm really relieved now that I've actually made the [2008 Olympic] team." (couriermail.com.au, 12 Apr 2008)