Swimming Australia congratulates two-time Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie OAM on her career following the announcement that she will retire from competitive swimming.
Swimmer pin 717, Elmslie first represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics where she won a gold medal in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay with Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger and Cate Campbell. At the same games she took home two silver medals as a heat swimmer in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay and the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Four years later in Rio she won her second Olympic gold when she was part of the world-record-breaking quartet in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay with Emma McKeon and Cate and Bronte Campbell.
The 24-year-old has also won multiple gold medals swimming in relays at both the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.
She won an individual gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Windsor in 2016 and a bronze in the 50m butterfly at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Originally hailing from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, she moved to Brisbane to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympian and swam at Brisbane Grammar and St Peter’s Western, before moving to Adelaide in 2018 to join Marion and train with Peter Bishop.
Elmslie announced her retirement on her Instagram page saying: “After 12 years of dedicating my mind, body and soul to the pursuit of excellence I can proudly announce that my competitive swimming journey has come to an end.”
“The positive impact Swimming has had on my life is overwhelming which is why I will still be passionately involved with giving back to the sport that gave me so much.”
Swimming Australia Chief Executive Leigh Russell said Elmslie was a wonderful Dolphin leader and a credit to swimming in Australia.
“Britt has attained an impressive haul of accomplishments in her career and should be very proud of what she has achieved.
“To be a double Olympic gold medallist is a very special feat and we wish her all the best in whatever comes next in her career.”