THE LAST WORD... ‘ The last time I commentated swimming was the 2012 Olympics … the start of when ’ the swim team was at its lowest ebb
WITH GIAAN ROONEY, FORMER OLYMPIAN-TURNED-SWIMMING COMMENTATOR
“MY husband, Sam, and I moved to Queensland three weeks ago. It has been great, but I’m still trying to get things organised. I was in Melbourne for 13 years and loved every second of it. I originally moved down to train with (coach) Ian Pope when I was swimming.
A lot has happened since then. I’m married and have a child. I had never considered moving the family back to Queensland until Zander came along.
My parents live on the Gold Coast and are happy to be helping out.
Workwise, things have fallen into place too. I loved my time presenting weather for Seven News in Melbourne but I really wanted to get back to a position of doing sport.
With so many fabulous events coming up on Channel Seven in the next few years, I wanted to get back into that sphere.
The first of those is the FINA World Swimming Championships. It is the year before the Rio Olympics and so it will be hotly contested. Everyone will be back in peak form and wanting to put the runs on the board before the Olympics.
The last time I commentated swimming was for Nine at the 2012 London Olympics. That was the start of when the swim team was at its lowest ebb. They have dealt with a lot of issues so I’m very excited about where they are at the moment.
That said, they have had quite a few setbacks leading up to this World Championships.
Three of their integral team members will not be competing.
James Magnussen has had shoulder surgery, Brittany Elmslie has had a cyst removed and Kylie Palmer has been embroiled in a drug scandal. The great thing is this gives a chance for others to have a go.
Seven have been brilliant. They welcomed me with open arms and gave me plenty of opportunities.
Having a child shapes you in ways that I don’t think anyone can ever describe. I went from quite a selfish existence to doing everything I can for this little person in my life.” FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTS 4.30PM SUNDAY, 7TWO