Name: Sally Kehoe and Olympia Aldersey
Pursuit: Rowing. Our pursuit is to become Olympic Champions in Rio 2016.
We are Olympia Aldersey of Adelaide, SA and Sally Kehoe of Toowoomba, QLD and we make up Australia’s Women’s Double Scull in rowing. In 2014, we joined together just six months before the World Championships in Amsterdam and accomplished incredible feats for our first season. The season included being crowned the World Cup Tour winners, breaking the world record and becoming the bronze medalists at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in September. This partnership has developed quickly and we have now become a serious contender for Olympic glory at the Rio Olympic Games. Our goal is to win and we are willing to go the distance to make this dream a reality.
When did you start?
We have been a combination since March 2014, however, have varying experiences within the sport. Sal has been rowing for over 15 years and started in high school, working her way up the national ranks to be a stalwart of the national team since 2003. While Oly, came through a talent identification program of the South Australian Sports.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
World Best Time holder
What is your dream?
Our ultimate goal is to become Olympic Champions in Rio 2016. For 2015, we aim to continue to improve our speed and consistency to win the 2015 World Championships and World Cups.
Who or what have inspired you?
Sal – All those people who have supported me through my sporting career. My family, friends and coaches who have stuck by me, belived in me during the great times, but most importantly, throughout the tough times when not everything this is going my way.
Oly - My parents have inspired me all my life that anything I dream I can do, If i work hard enough. They have never constrained me in my endeavours and only now do i realise how much this has helped get as far as i have.
Who's your hero?
For Sal, Andre Agassi is my hero for continuing to back himself, for his competitive fight and believing that the best is yet to come - despite what others may think.
For Oly, Nelson Mandela, became the first black president of South Africa after being in prisoned for 27 years. And still loves the world he is in and wants to help it even through the cruelty it has shown him. love conquers all.
Any other special talents?
A random talent that we both have in common is that we play the tenor saxophone. Also, Sal is passionate about cooking and creating recipes, while Oly likes to paint or draw in her spare time just create something artistic.
Driving up and down the Princes Highway in South Australia to training, we spend many hours listening to anything Triple J.
Sal's favourite movie is Senna, the story of Ayrton Senna the Brazilian Formula One driver. Oly - Casino Royal - James Bond
Sal – Anything written by Malcolm Gladwell for observations of social interactions Oly - Travel books of general sorts
Favourite TV Show?
Without a doubt, Sal's favourite TV show is The Big Bang Theory as it provides hours of entertainment on tour.
Oly - So many to choose from, Oly loves a good crime show, agatha Christie's Poirot and miss marple, then game of thrones, sherlock holmes, hogans heros
We both a mad fans of Chobani yoghurt mixed with our favourite berries. We have been known to eat over 1 litre a day! Definitely Chobani charged!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
We dedicate 6-8 hours of our days to training and injury management to ensure that everyday we are becoming stronger and overall better versions of ourselves both physically and mentally. The time required for training, recovery and competing domestically and internationally negates the ability to be employed. Additionally, rowing in Australia does not yet have a strong commercial profile, therefore sponsorship is hard to come by. The monetary assistance that would be received as grant recipients would be used to support our daily expenses such as groceries, paying rent and utility bills. This sounds basic, however, these are essentials that enable us to live with little stress outside of rowing commitments and recover between sessions – particular in 40-degree weeks in Adelaide’s summer!
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Sal likes Billy Jean King's quotes including, 'Champions keep playing until they get it right' and 'Pressure is a privilege'.
Oly - “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” Ronnie Lott