Rachel Presser was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Rachel was born in Kogarah NSW, and started artistic swimming in 2009 after seeing an advertisement for a Synchronised swimming club on the Gold Coast.
With a background in gymnastics, dance, and swimming, combined with long legs and an athletic physique, the transition to artistic swimming was a natural one.
Rachel’s commitment to her chosen new sport was recognised in 2016 when she was selected in the Australian National Artistic Swimming Team. Her background in gymnastics cemented her spot on the team as the ‘flyer’ – a position where she is thrown out of the water by the rest of her 7 teammates (who are under the water and cannot touch the bottom of the pool) to perform complex acrobatic movements.
She has represented Australia at four FINA World Championships at junior and senior levels and was part of the Australian Olympic Artistic Swimming Team that competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
Rachel’s ambition continues as she competes on the world stage in both Duet and Team events. She also aspires to do sociological research and write academic papers on athletes and their sporting culture.
“Absolutely incredibly grateful to be successful in joining so many other athletes who have each worked incredibly hard in their respective disciplines and be recognised by such an iconic Australian sporting and cultural touchstone that is the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.” – Rachel Presser on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
- 2018: FINA Junior World Championships – Free Team, 17th
- 2018: Japan World Series – Free Duet, 17th
- 2019: FINA World Championships – Technical and Free Team, Qualified for the Olympics
- 2021: Tokyo Olympic Games – Technical and Free Team, 9th