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Amber Halliday

Home town: Adelaide

Place of residence: Adelaide

Occupation: Freelance journalist

Club affiliation: Adelaide University Boat Club AKA: “The Blacks.”

Began rowing: As a scrawny schoolgirl coxswain in 1992 at Pembroke in Adelaide. I picked up an oar the next year and haven’t looked back

Date of birth: 13/11/79

Height: 170cm (on a good day)

Weight: Anything from 55.5kg to 62kg

Favourite food: Big bowls of breakfast stuff with a hideously large coffee, pumpkin soup with ricotta cheese, fruit scones from Baker’s Delight

Favourite book: The Blind Assassin by Margret Atwood and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favourite movie: How can there be just one? Love Actually, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, The Talented Mr. Ripley, A Very Long Engagement, anything James Bond, Goodwill Hunting…

Personal achievements: Two bachelor degrees from the University of Adelaide (Psychology and Media), member of FISA, Rowing Australia and SASI Athletes Commissions, published writer, home owner…the rest is yet to come!

School: Pembroke, Adelaide

Current coach: Adrian David

Institute/Academy: South Australian Sports Institute

Rowing career highlight(s): Three World Championship Gold Medals – 2001 in lightweight quad (Lucerne), 2002 in lightweight double (Seville), 2007 in lightweight double (Munich). Three World Best Times – set in lightweight quad (2001 World Championships), lightweight double (2004 Olympic Games) and U23 lighty double (1999 U23 World Champs)

Professional goals: To reach my full potential in my chosen field(s)

Sporting hero: Sally Causby – my crew mate for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 – her fighting spirit, her tolerance and patience, her goodwill and kindness are all inspirational

Interests: Cycling, news & current affairs, coffee, my veggie patch, dark chocolate, writing, good South Australian wine and www.auslightychicks.org

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