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Ethan Calleja has been a successful recipient of a Tier 2 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and the first male Artistic Swimmer to be a part of the program.

In 2019, Ethan was the first male to represent Australia in Artistic Swimming, competing at the FINA World Series China Open and the FINA World Championships in the Mixed Duet Free routine.

Artistic Swimming (previously known as Synchronised Swimming) is currently only one of two sports that men cannot compete at an Olympic Games however, Ethan aims to help rectify this, and aspires to compete at the 2024 games. At the world championships, Ethan qualified with his duet partner, Rio Olympian Danielle Kettlewell for the final, becoming the first Australians to qualify since 2007, and second in the history of the sport.

Before Artistic Swimming, Ethan had a 13-year long swimming career where he represented Western Australia at five School Sport Australia Swimming championships and was elected as the team captain in 2016 and 2017. He competed and qualified in the finals at two National championships with the addition of breaking 25 records over his career, many of which remain.

Ethan studies a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management at Curtin University, with the aims of doing a postgraduate degree in Sports Management. Over the next five years Ethan aims to qualify for World championships (2022, 2023, 2025), qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games (if men are allowed to compete) and represent Australia over multiple events in the world series each year in between.

Ethan speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:

“Being successful for the SAHOF Scholarship is not only humbling, but a true honour to be a part of a prestigious program and family with a rich history. I am truly inspired by all the athletes across so many sports that have been involved in creating a part of Australian history and I am so thankful for SAHOF for selecting me to hopefully impact this history. Due to being a male in a smaller female dominated sport it is quite difficult to gather support when paving the way, thus having the opportunity to be involved with SAHOF is truly awe-inspiring.”



Birthplace: Perth, Subiaco

Nationality: Australian

Sport: Artistic Swimming – Synchronised

Disciplines: Mixed Duet, Combo

First Club: Vic Park Swimming Club (Swim)

Current Club: SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club

Started: 2018 (started swimming in 2005)

Studying: Bachelor of Commerce – Management

Hero: SAHOF Member Ian Thorpe, his amazing swimming career that has expanded into the sporting world.

Pre-comp Routine: Pair of headphones to listen to routine music and music to pump up/calm down while in marshalling

Favourite Quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave your own trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aspirations after Sport: Further studies into Sport Management, with the ultimate goal of working within sporting organisations much like the Olympic Committee to have a meaningful impact on athletes and the governance to assist them.

Studying: Bachelor of Commerce – Management

Rankings – as at Sep 2020

Snr International: 11

Snr National: 1


Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2019: First Male to represent Australia in Artistic Swimming
  • 2019: FINA World Championships – Mixed Duet, Free Finalist – 11th
    • First Australian to qualify for final since 2007, and second in history
  • 2019: FINA World Series, China Open – 5th
  • 2019: Australian Artistic Swimming National Championships – National Champion, Mixed Duet, Free
  • 2019: Western Australian Artistic Swimming State Championships – 1st
  • 2019/2020: Selected to train and study at Stanford University for exchange (Covid-cancelled)

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Bio picture credit: Water Pixies

Last updated 22/09/2020


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