Olympic ace to star in the Swan

Melville Times - - Sport -

LIBBY Trick­ett wants to share her love of swim­ming when she makes a num­ber of stops in Perth.

The four-time Olympic gold medal­list win­ner and swim­ming cham­pion will take part in the Suburbs to the City open wa­ter swim, which takes place from South Perth to El­iz­a­beth Quay on March 18.

She will also speak at an event at the South of Perth Yacht Club on March 21 and take part in the Port to Pub Swim on March 25.

Mrs Trick­ett said it was a great op­por­tu­nity to take part in open wa­ter swims.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about swim­ming in the Swan River, I’m used to swim­ming with black lines so it’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge,” she said.

“You use the same tech­niques though and it’s all about get­ting from point A to point B.

“I’m a lit­tle ner­vous about swim­ming in open wa­ter be­cause of the wildlife and the fear of the un­known but the or­gan­is­ers are all very pro­fes­sional.”

Mrs Trick­ett said the event at the South of Perth Yacht Club would be a chance to ac­knowl­edge the tal­ent of fe­male ath­letes.

“I’m go­ing to be speak­ing with Tam­sin Cook, who per­formed re­ally well at the Rio Olympics,” she said.

“My mes­sage to young fe­male ath­letes is not to hold your­self back. For a long time the op­por­tu­ni­ties for women were dif­fer­ent com­pared to men, but now we are see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in net­ball, soc­cer, foot­ball and swim­ming.”

Mrs Trick­ett said her time af­ter her swim­ming ca­reer ended was de­voted to a ra­dio show in Bris­bane, pro­mot­ing men­tal health with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and work­ing with Swim­ming WA.

“I still swim two or three times a week when I can work around my other com­mit­ments,” she said.

“I haven’t been to WA in a few years, the last time I went to some re­gional com­mu­ni­ties to pro­mote swim­ming.

“It’s still a huge pas­sion of mine and I want to stay in­volved in swim­ming.

“Swim­ming is some­thing that you can do for­ever be­cause it’s a low im­pact sport, with­out be­ing bi­ased it’s the best sport.”

Libby Trick­ett’s swim­ming ca­reer is over but that hasn’t stopped her from jump­ing into the pool.

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