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

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“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

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