After a disappointing Tokyo Olympics, Elijah Winnington (swimming) took an extended break from the pool then came back with a vengeance in 2022, winning the 400m freestyle at the Budapest world championships and leading an Aussie trifecta at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. He was also part of the gold-medal winning 4x100m freestyle and helped Australia defend the 4x200m freestyle title he had also contributed to on the Gold Coast four years earlier.
Winnington started in a learn-to-swim program on the Gold Coast run by Andrew Baildon. Throughout his junior years, Elijah trained at Bond University under Richard Scarce, garnering 26 national age titles as well as three bronze medals at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Indianapolis. However, after missing selection for the 2019 world championships, he switched programs to Dean Boxall at St Peter’s Western.
The Gold Coast local is studying for a Bachelor of Business at Bond University and watches SpongeBob SquarePants to relax before races.
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