Sport for Women

Eloise Amberger

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Synchronized Swimming
Location: Australia

Brisbane-born Eloise Amberger was a competitive swimmer at state-age level, but her interest in ballet and gymnastics steered her towards synchronised swimming which she took up at 11 after seeing a segment on a children's television show.

The 25-year-old joined forces with duet partner Sarah Bombell in 2003 and the pair has since represented Australia at four world championships (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they were both part of the team that came 7th and the 2010 Commonwealth Games where they won bronze in the duet.

Amberger is studying forensic science and wants to pursue a career in the police force.


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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Bronze at 2010 Commonwealth Games for Open Duet

Greatest achievement off the field: My degree in Forensic Science & Biochemistry (currently studying) and my successful Jewellery business.

Who is your sporting heroine? Gemma Mengual – Spanish Synchro Swimmer

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Between 30 – 50 depending on the week.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I believe in healthy eating, but also everything in moderation. Low carb, high protein mostly. 

What do you love about your sport? I love that synchronized swimming has such variation. It requires speed, power, grace, agility, flexibility, co-ordination, performance skills, all while controlling the water around you, holding your breath and making it look easy! It’s always a challenge mastering height, speed, pushing the barriers of what is natural and what is comfortable, but to do all of these things together and master them well, is what keeps synchronized swimming in an elite class of specialist sports! 

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? I would love to have longer legs! A few inches of height would make my life so much easier!

What motivates you? The end goal. Representing Australia and Swimming like I deserve to be there. Be it the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games – no matter the competition, knowing that I will be out there swimming for my country is what makes me want to better myself and train harder! 

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? After I complete my degree, I plan to be a blood spatter analyst with the QLD police. I am also an independent jewellery stylist with esteem Jewellery.

Three words that describe you: Determined, Charismatic, Dedicated. 

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me?  Be prepared to hear your music one million times a day for the next two years. Love your noseclip – it’s your savior. Learn to love getting wet (even when it’s freezing outside), holding your breath, pretending it’s easy and continuing after being kicked in the shins underwater. It’s a fast-paced sport with many exciting components, but much more goes on behind the scenes than what the public sees in the final result of the routine. 

Eloise Amberger Supports Sport for Women Day

"Sport for Women day is a great opportunity for women to celebrate their athletic achievements!

Women’s sport is often so highly under-rated and overshadowed by male dominate fields. Any organization that is helping recognize and publicise the true talent of women in sport is commendable.

I hope sport for women Day is successful in its campaign and more women realize their potential to dominate the sporting world!"