Funding Cut for Payne and Simmonds

Funding cut Britain's swimmers failed to meet their medal target of five medals at last summer's London Olympics, winning three. UK Sport cut their funding by £4m to £21.4m As funding strategies are changed for swimmers, unfortunately former champions are now missing out. Former world champion Keri-Anne Payne and European gold medalist Elizabeth Simmonds have both lost their personal funding for 2014. Simmonds failed to qualify for this year's World Championships, while Payne was 14th in … [Read more...]

Staying on course and current

This coming weekend is the inaugural half ironman in Mandurah, Western Australia. The event in Mandurah is set in a gorgeous area in my home state which will quickly become a favourite. The race begins with an open water swim in the Mandurah canals that I swam in in my childhood. There is no better way to enjoy Mandurah than swim/race in it. While its depth s rarely exceed 3 metres and its surface is usually as calm as a lap pool, its placidity may lure unprepared triathletes, like many … [Read more...]

Mother of All Comebacks!

Today I got asked how's my swimming going and what it feels like to back in training. It is just fun to be back in the pool and training with my buddies that I grew up with and shared in Western Australian State teams in the '70s!  It makes me feel young. Swimming is a sport you can do at all ages. It never has left me or my soul. I know, for me, it’s part of who I am, being in the water... and when I'm away from it too long... it's like the air has been taken out of my lungs! Swimming makes … [Read more...]

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