20 October 1981 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
Elka Graham (born 20 October 1981), also known by her married name Elka Whalan, is an Australian former competition swimmer who swam in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. Graham specialised in the 200-metre and 400-metre freestyle events, also swimming the 800-metre freestyle. She represented Australia at numerous international meets, including the Pan Pacific Championships, World Swimming Championships in 2001 and 2003, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
She was a member of Australia's 4x200-metre freestyle relay team that finished first at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, only to be disqualified when she and the rest of the relay jumped into the pool to celebrate before all the other teams in the final had finished.
In 2007 she claimed that she was offered performance enhancing drugs from another member of the Australian swimming team before the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, but refused to name the person.
Graham retired from swimming in May 2006 and is now involved in the media, modelling and corporate speaking.
On 1 April 2015, Whalan appeared on Sunrise and argued that vaccination should be a parent's choice. Her comments drew sharp criticism from medical and scientific researchers as being "dangerous" and "ignorant of the benefits of herd immunity."
- Graham's entry from www.sports-reference.com; retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Splitting hairs: foxsports.com.au looks at times in sport when punishment didn't fit the crime. Published by FoxSports.com.au on 2011-02-15, retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Swimming Australia ends Elka Graham dispute by Rebecca Williams, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Published on 2007-10-31, retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "Elka Whalan". celebrityspeakers.com.au. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- Sunrise panellists in hot water over vaccination debate by Rebecca Williams, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Published on 2015-04-01, retrieved 2015-04-01.
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