Event: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle
Olympic History: Olympic debutant
Club: St Peters Western
Year Born: 2000
State Born: QLD
Throughout his junior years, Elijah Winnington trained at Bond University swimming club under coach Richard Scarce. The Gold Coast native earned 26 National Age Championship gold medals by age 18, and quickly progressed to star at the international level.
Elijah was named captain of the 2016 Junior Australian Team, winning gold and silver in his first Junior International. He went onto compete at the 2017 World Junior Championships, where he earned bronze in the 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay.
2018 was as a defining year for Elijah, after registering two Junior World Records, the then 17-year-old was selected for his first senior Dolphins team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
As a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay team, Elijah won gold and recorded a new Commonwealth Record in front of an adoring home crowd.
At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Elijah placed 10th in the Men’s 400m freestyle and 12th in the 200m freestyle.
The following year he secured his first Australian National Championship in the 400m freestyle with a personal best time of 3:44.68. He retained this title at the 2021 Australian National Championships, winning the event in 3:45.69.
Currently training under Dean Boxall at St Peters Western, Elijah dominated the men’s 400m freestyle in a time of 3:42.65 at the 2021 Australian Olympic trials. The 21-year-old followed this up with a second place finish in the 200m freestyle clocking 1:45.55.
Making his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2021, Elijah will compete in the men’s 200m and 400m freestyle events.