Event: Women's Sweep Squad
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Coach: Tom Westgarth and John Keogh (Head Coach)
Year Born: 1992
State Born: Rose Park, SA
After a chaotic Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Olympia Aldersey will enter Tokyo 2020 a much more relaxed figure.
Born during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Games, her parents called her Olympia and she would eventually begin rowing as an opportunity to find Olympic competition.
Aldersey first marked her international rowing career beside teammate Emma Basher with a silver medal at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Two years later, Aldersey was crowned U23 Women’s Quad Sculls World Champion, accomplishing this feat many years before her 23rd birthday.
It wasn’t for four years after her U23 victory that Aldersey’s Olympic dream was to be realised.
Aldersey’s Women’s Eight crew were notified of their inclusion in the Rio Games just a fortnight before competition was to commence, marking the beginning of a frenzied period of preparation that would be closed by the South Australian’s first taste of Olympic action.
In Brazil, the crew’s rushed training marked a failure to qualify for the A-final, with Aldersey part of a Women’s Eight boat finishing fifth in its heat.
One year after an inaugural Olympic campaign, Aldersey joined Rowing Australia’s National Training Centre in Sydney. On the banks of the Nepean River, the 28-year-old has been immersed in the nation’s top competitive environment and culture, while being overseen by world-leading coaches in John Keogh, Tom Westgarth and Ellen Randell.