The 16-year-old is one of Australia’s rising synchronised swimming stars and may not have come to Perth if it was not for her love of the sport.
Aoife said she was inspired to participate in synchronised swimming after she met British competitor and silver Commonwealth medallist Jenna Randall on a train in France when she was 10 years old.
However, living in England, Aoife’s family were unable to find suitable facilities close to home, so when her parents pitched the idea of moving to Australia, the chance to be a synchronised swimmer was the ‘selling point’ for Aoife.
‘I always loved doing dancing and swimming, and I like competing ” you get this energy when you compete,’ she said. ‘I love the outdoor lifestyle.’
In June, Aoife will be off to Barcelona, Spain, to compete in the World Championships with the Australian synchronised swimming team, of which three of the eight members are from the West Coast Splash Squad in Claremont.
After the championships, Aoife hopes to compete in two Olympic campaigns, setting her sights on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Aoife said she was glad she could be a dual citizen of Australia and England and even though she was now part Aussie, she was glad to keep her English accent.