Eloise Wellings started athletics at the age of 10 and developed into one of Australia’s best junior distance athletes. She recorded amazing times in her teenage years: 15 years 1500m/3000m 4:19.5/9:20.32; 16 years 1500m/3000m 4:15.76/8:56.74.
On target for selection at the Sydney Olympics, while still 17, Eloise suffered a stress fracture. She would suffer another ten stress fractures during her career; causing her to miss out on Olympic or World Championships for 12 years.
Despite the injuries, Eloise did manage to compete at a few world cross country champs, World University champs and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2006, she was fourth in the 5000m, in 2010, she was fifth in the 5000m and sixth in the 10,000m, and in Glasgow in 2014, she placed fifth in the 5000m. Eloise has spoken about unfinished business at the Commonwealth Games where the Gold Coast will enable this opportunity. Her two third earned her selection for a record-equalling fourth Games.
After the 2012 London Olympics, her next two appearances, 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics
Games were outstanding. All five races in three events, she set PBs and records for Australian women at these championships. At the 2015 world championships, she placed 10th in the 5000m – the best place in Australian history in this event at the world championships. At the Rio Olympics, on the very first morning of the athletics competition, she kick-started the most outstanding performance by our Australian women at the Olympics. Eloise recorded a PB, moved to number three in Australian history, and her 10th place was the best performance by an Australian woman in the event at the Olympics. Four days later she returned to the track to compete in the 5000m heats where she led an Australian assault with our three first-ever qualifiers for the Olympic final. In the final she was the first Aussie in ninth place, our best place. Her time was 15:01.59, her best time for ten years and one day since she set her PB in 2006.
In 2017 she competed at the London World Championships placing 22nd in the 10,000m and 15th in her 5000m heat.
After some solid road racing in the early part of the 2017/18 domestic season, Eloise placed third in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m trial at Zatopek and followed up with another third in the 5000m at Nationals before being named in the Australian team for her fourth Commonwealth Games.
Eloise is very passionate and hard worker for her charity ‘Love Mercy Foundation’ which she is a co-founding director. Love Mercy develop projects to help communities in Northern Uganda. She completed an Exercise Science degree at the University of Wollongong.