Born during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, her parents named her Olympia and at age 15 she took up rowing in the hope that the sport would see her achieve her Olympic dreams. In Rio she will do exactly that in the women’s eight.
Aldersey competed at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games where she won silver with Emma Basher in the women’s pair. Also in 2010 she took bronze at the Junior World Championships in the women’s four.
Two years later, Aldersey was crowned as an U23 World Champion in the women’s quad sculls before she secured podium finishes at all three World Cups in 2013.
In 2014, she joined with veteran Sally Kehoe in the double sculls. In the semi-final of the 2014 World Championships, Aldersey and Kehoe posted the world’s fastest time in the double sculls - 06:37.310. They went on to place third in the final and take home the bronze medal.
She competed in the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in the women’s eight as the stroke as the team just missed out on Rio 2016 qualification. They were a late call up to Rio 2016 following the removal of the Russian team from the Games. Aldersey had been training at the AIS European Training Centre as one of the Women’s Sculling reserves.
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Hyde Park, SA, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut.
- 2010 Singapore 2nd (junior W2-)
- 3rd - Final Olympic Qualification Regatta (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- Getting the chance to row in Rio.
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Yoghurt (chobani)
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere where I can have an adventure
- Favourite music
- The Killers
- Dream car
- E-type Jaguar
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Beach Volleyball
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freemen 2000 Sydney gold
- First Olympic Memory?
- 2000 Opening Ceremony (Nikki Webster hanging in the middle of the stadium, I imagined it was me)
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- my dad