Amber Halliday

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Amber Halliday
Amber Halliday 2.jpg
Halliday in 2008
Medal record
Women's rowing
Representing  Australia
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Lightweight coxless quad-scull
Gold medal – first place 2002 Lightweight double-scull
Gold medal – first place 2007 Lightweight double-scull
Silver medal – second place 2000 Lightweight coxless quad-scull
Silver medal – second place 2003 Lightweight double-scull
Silver medal – second place 2006 Lightweight double-scull

Amber Halliday (born 13 November 1979[1]) is a former rower and cyclist from Adelaide, South Australia. She is a three-time world-champion in lightweight rowing.

Rowing career[edit]

Specialising in sculling, Halliday made her international debut in 1999, winning the Under-23 World Championship in Hamburg in the lightweight double scull with Hannah Every.

She won three world championships - the lightweight quad scull in 2001 (with Jo Francou, Catriona Roach and Sally Causby) and the lightweight double scull in 2002 (with Sally Causby) and 2007 (with Margeurite Houston).

Halliday also competed in the 2004 Olympic Games with double-partner Sally Newmarch, setting a world-best time in their heat before coming fourth in the final.[2] Named South Australia's Sports Star of 2007 she was pre-selected for the Beijing Olympics where her crew placed 8th in a 'disappointing' performance.[3]

Halliday is a member of the Adelaide University Boat Club.[4]


In late 2008 Halliday swapped her row boat for a bicycle, training with the South Australian Sports Institute squad.[5] While riding for MB Cycles, Halliday won her first ever cycle tour, the NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand in February 2009.[6]

Most recently she was named the Amy Gillett Foundation Scholarship winner.[7]


On 17 January 2011 Amber was hospitalised after a racing accident sustained at Victoria Park Racecourse, Adelaide.[8]

In September 2011 her recovery was documented by the Australian Broadcasting Commission's program, Contact Sport.[9]

Cycling palmares[edit]

4th National Time Trial Championships, AUS
1st Sprint Classification, National Road Race, AUS
1st Overall Women's Tour of New Zealand, NZL
6th Chongming Island Time Trial (1.1 UCI), CHN
2nd Women's Time Trial Honda Hybrid Tour (Formerly Herald Sun Women's Tour), AUS
2nd Overall Honda Hybrid Tour (Formerly Herald Sun Women's Tour), AUS
25th Giro Donne, ITA
1st Woman Annual Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle, FSM
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG National Time Trial Champion Title
9th National Road Race

See also[edit]

Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's lightweight double sculls