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Elinah PHILLIP
Sport Swimming
NOC British Virgin Islands   
GenderWomen
Born03 Apr 2000
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Miami, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
"Originally, my sister and I took swimming lessons at a very young age. When we first moved to Bristol [England] we continued taking swimming lessons, but I didn't enjoy it. I sat on the side of the pool and watched with all of my gear on for about one year. When my mother threatened to stop paying for me to go, only then did I get into the water. I was five at that time."
Why this sport?
"I absolutely love the feeling of the water all around my body. When I race I love the feeling of the adrenaline rushing through my veins as I stand behind the blocks. It always reminds me of why I love what I do so much."
Club / Team
Florida International University: Miami, FL, USA
Name of coach
Randy Horner [club]
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US tennis player Serena Williams. (scarletknights.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Injuries
She sustained a knee injury in late 2012. She has also suffered from shoulder problems and shin splits during her career. (bvibeacon.com, 13 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, have dedication, stay focused, and remember to practise, practise, practise. Then everything will fall into place." (virginislandsnewsonline.com, 06 May 2013)
Awards and honours
While competing for Florida International University in the United States of America, in 2021 she was named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year. (fiusports.com, 13 Apr 2021)

While competing for Rutgers University in the United States of America, in 2020 she was named Co-Freshman Swimmer of the Year by the university. (islandsun.com, 21 May 2020)

In 2018 she was presented with the Wilkinson Sword award by the Hertfordshire Amateur Swimming Association in England. (ukboardingschools.com, 25 Jul 2018)
Milestones
She became the first athlete to represent the Virgin Islands, British in swimming at the Olympic Games when she competed in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. At age 16 years and 131 days in Rio, she also became the youngest athlete to represent the Virgin Islands, British in any sport at the Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jul 2021)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Amarah has also represented the Virgin Islands, British in swimming, and competed at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. Her father Elsworth has been president of the British Virgin Islands Swim Federation [BVISF], and has coached the national swimming team, while her mother Tracy Bradshaw has served as secretary of the BVISF. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; bviplatinum.com, 16 Apr 2014; bbc.co.uk, 04 Apr 2014; bviolympics.org, 03 Dec 2013)
Other information
LIVING OVERSEAS
She moved to England in 2005 when her mother Tracy began studying law at the University of Bristol. After returning to the Virgin Islands, British in 2009, the family moved back to England to live in Hatfield in 2012. "Moving to the UK definitely affected my swimming career in a positive way." In 2019 she relocated to the United States of America to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 2020 she transferred to Florida International University in Miami to study natural and applied sciences on a pre-dentistry track. (bvibeacon.com, 13 Apr 2015; bbc.co.uk, 04 Apr 2014; Rutgers Swimming and Diving Facebook page, 03 Jul 2019; islandsun.com, 22 Oct 2018; swimswam.com, 11 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 09 Jun 2021; bishopsstortfordcollege.org, 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 25.74
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 26.26
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 28.51
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 26.85
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 1:00.79
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 29.29
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 1:06.77
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 59.30
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 26.74