Elijah Winnington started swimming in a Learn to Swim program on the Gold Coast under Olympian Andrew Baildon and was like a fish in water from the outset.
- Discipline: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m Freestyle
- Date of Birth: 05/05/2000
- Birthplace: Gold Coast
- Nickname: Lij, Lijo
- Sporting Idol: Ian Thorpe
- Favourite Quote: “Advance unafraid“
- Biggest challenge: Training at the intensity we do with the uncertainty of whether racing will happen or not. Particularly prevalent in 2020.
- Instagram Account: @Elijah_winnington
When he was 9, he moved to a competitive club under Kyle Samuelson and Richard Scarce where he progressed all the way through to International level. Elijah recently joined St Peters Western Club where he is being coached by Dean Boxall.
At the tender age of 18, Elijah had 26 National Age Championship Gold Medals under his belt.
In 2016, Elijah Winnington made his first Junior International where he won a Gold and Silver medal and was named Captain of the Junior Australian Team which was an incredible honour. He went on to represent Australia again in 2017 at the World Junior Championships where he picked up 3 Bronze medals in highly contested events.
2018 was an incredible year for Elijah where he defeated Olympic Champions in various domestic events and broke 2 Junior World Records. At the Commonwealth Games in his hometown, he won Gold in the 4 x 200 Freestyle relay as a rookie on a senior Australian Team.
2021 has been Elijah’s most successful year yet with him qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in the 400m Freestyle Olympics, where he went on to make the final at the Olympics. He also bought home an Olympic Bronze medal as part of the 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay.