Olympia Aldersay made her Olympic debut at the Rio Olympics, rowing in the women’s eight. The crew had only two weeks to prepare for their Olympic campaign, after the Russian boat was banned from competing at the Games.
In their first heat, the Aussies flew out of the start in a bid to chase down favourite USA, as well as Netherlands and Romania. The crew of Fiona Albert, Jessica Morrison, Alexandra Hagan, Meaghan Volker, Molly Goodman, Olympia Aldersey, Lucy Stephan, Charlotte Sutherland and coxswain Sarah Banting made a competitive start however with limited race preparation managed a fourth place finish. The boat required a top four finish in the repechage to qualify for the A-final. As they approached the final 500 metres, the top four crews pulled ahead and the Australians were left to finish fifth in what was a valiant effort for a crew that had only been training together for 10 days.
Born during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, her parents named her Olympia and at age 15 she took up rowing in the hope that the sport would see her achieve her Olympic dreams.
Aldersey competed at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games where she won silver with Emma Basher in the women’s pair.
Two years later, Aldersey was crowned as an U23 World Champion in the women’s quad sculls before she secured podium finishes at all three World Cups in 2013. In 2014, she joined with veteran Sally Kehoe in the double sculls. In the semi-final of the 2014 World Championships, Aldersey and Kehoe posted the world’s fastest time in the double sculls - 06:37.310. They went on to place third in the final and take home the bronze medal.