With her vibrant personality and positive attitude Elka Whalan (nee Graham) has enjoyed a successful media career after representing Australia as a dual Olympian in the pool and multiple medalist.
A regular on Channel 7 Sunrise discussing news and lifestyle topics, Elka also hosted the popular Live Well series also on Channel 7.
She has also appeared on Can of Worms, Between The Lines, Pyramid, Dancing With The Stars, Deal Or No Deal, The Panel, Laws on Foxtel and she has commentated for ESPN and covered the London 2012 Olympics for Fox Sports.
An engaging MC and motivational speaker, Elka talks to companies, clubs, schools and teams with her “Be a first rate you not a second rate someone else” inspiring speeches. With 4 young children, Elka is now seen on mother forums, writing for popular parent websites & encouraging women to embrace all aspects of motherhood.
Her stellar swimming career saw her reach world #1 in her freestyle events bringing home medals from Olympics, World Championships & Commonwealth Games.
A big supporter of the Heart Foundation, Elka’s passion lies in dedicating her time to those in need. Elka is energetic, vivacious and articulate, with an infectious smile and great sense of humour.
Elka has modelled for many magazines including Cleo, Marie Clare and Alpha. She was the face of AJC Spring Racing Carnival in 2004, and she has written for the Sun Herald, Marie Clare and Women’s Health.
Elka sees life as a challenge, she thrives on pressure and uses her enthusiasm to turn any situation into a positive. With maturity and experience beyond her years, Elka Whalan is an asset to Australian sport and an inspirational role model for all people
Elka is a highly sought after speaker and has completed over 500 speaking engagements throughout her career. She loves hosting and emceeing and has received great feedback from many of her engagements. Elka can speak on a variety of subjects and is an excellent host.
A wife to former 4 time water polo Olympian Thomas Whalan, they reside in Sydney with their four young children. Elka is inspiring, encouraging & engaging; an asset to brands & companies.
“Every morning I wake to know that there are 86,400 seconds in every single day and if I ever feel short changed I know that everyone else has the exact same of amount of seconds in their day as I do. Two questions I always ask in my seminars, are “Do you know who you are?” and “Where do you want to go?” more often than not many people know what they want or where they are going but struggle with identifying themselves.”