‘I'm both honoured and exciting to be the ambassador of this year’s SMH Half Marathon. I look forward to bringing all our runners some training tips and also a bit of an insight into my own training as I prepare for the race and also my major goal - The Rio Olympics. Happy training to all and I look forward to toeing the line with you all in May!'
Eloise’s dream to become an Olympic athlete started at a young age. Holding the under 6’s record in shot put at Little Athletics, she began to show promise as a middle and long distance runner at the age of 10 and moved her focus. Watching the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 as a 10 year old, inspired her, and she decided that she wanted to one day compete for Australia.
Having qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics at just 16 years old, it seemed that her dream had come true. However she suffered a heartbreaking stress fracture- her first of 11 throughout her career- she was unable to compete at the Olympics in her own backyard. She didn’t give up on her dream, and despite missing out on the Athens Olympics, and again on the Beijing Olympics due to injury, her dream finally came to fruition in 2012 where she represented Australia at the London Olympics in the 10,000m 5000m and track events.
Last year Eloise won the Marugame Half Marathon in Japan on debut over the distance, then followed it up with winning the Gold Coast Half Marathon and the SMH Half Marathon.
Eloise was the only Australian finalist at the World Championships in 2015 finishing 9th in the 5000m and is a 3 time national 10,000m champion. Eloise was the first female to be selected on the Rio Olympic team for 2016.
Eloise is mother to 2 year old India and is also the founding director of the Love Mercy Foundation.
Love Mercy was founded in 2009 after Eloise met Ugandan Dual Olympian Julius Achon, who was team captain and flag bearer for Uganda at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. One morning on a routine training run in Uganda, Julius Achon literally stumbled upon 11 orphaned children living at a bus shelter. These children, who had been effected by Africa's longest running war, were without food, clothing, housing or education, with some of the children unable to remember even their own names. Love Mercy exists to see Northern Ugandans live an empowered life, free to claim their basic human rights to a secure food supply, income, education, health, and equality, through sustainable development projects.