27 November 2019
A swimming great and an outstanding surf lifesaving champion have been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
Brittany Elmslie and Steven Meredith were honoured for their outstanding achievements in their respective sports at a special ceremony at USC last night.
The ceremony also featured the presentation of two Certificate of Merit awards to well-known Sunshine Coast identities, Ian Grant (water skiing and soccer) and Daphne Bickle (softball) who have both worked tirelessly contributing to the success of sport on the Sunshine Coast.
Brittany first represented Australia in swimming at junior international meets as a teenager. She made her first senior international team in 2012 as an 18-year-old, when she was selected for multiple Olympic relay squads.
At the London Olympics, she earned a gold medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team and two silver medals for her preliminary swims in the 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays.
After London, Brittany was a fixture of the Australian relay teams, earning two more Olympic medals (including gold in Rio in 2016 as part of the world-record-breaking Australian 4x100m team), three long course and two short course World Championship medals, two Pan Pacific Championship medals and three Commonwealth Games medals. In 2016, she was named the Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star of the Year.
Steven competed at the National Surf Lifesaving Titles from 1995-2005, contesting nine ironman finals and eight open ski finals, and winning a total of six gold, two silver and two bronze medals. He also claimed gold medals in the national open ski relay for three consecutive years (2000, 2001 and 2002).
The Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club member won 30 medals at the State titles, represented the Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving Branch five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003), the State team three times (1996, 1997, 1999) and the Australian team twice (1999 and 2001). Steven competed in three World Surf Lifesaving Titles in 1998, 2000 and 2004, was an ironman finalist in 1998 and 2004 and earned the world open ski champion title in 2000.
Steven was named the 2000 Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star of the Year.
— Terry Walsh