GE­OFF POOLING HIS CLEAN­ING TAL­ENT

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

OLYMPIC sil­ver medal­list Ge­off Huegill has gone from king of the pool to cleaner, with the one- time but­ter­fly champ tak­ing on a client man­ager job with eastern sub­urbs out­fit The Pool & Spa Whis­perer.

The 40- year- old for­mer world record holder and Syd­ney 2000 medal win­ner ( pic­tured) is div­ing in to his new work af­ter a year in which his grand­mother’s death saw he and wife Sara Hills con­tem­plate mov­ing their daugh­ters Milla, 5, and Gigi, 3, to Sin­ga­pore be­fore de­cid­ing to stay put in Bondi.

“I’ve been around swim­ming pools for 35 years of my life so I un­der­stand fil­tra­tion sys­tems and pumps and back­washes, and what’s not to love?” he added, point­ing at the Har­bour view on a warm Syd­ney day.

But the one- time cham­pion, who lost 40kg to make a come­back in 2008 af­ter leav­ing the sport in 2004, be­fore re­tir­ing for good in 2012, won’t be a com­plete fish out of wa­ter, and is also coach­ing at Cook & Phillip Aquatic Cen­tre with his HBT Swim Academy.

It’s a solid re­turn to form for Huegill and Hills af­ter they copped a public dunk­ing in 2014 fol­low­ing a guilty plea to charges of co­caine pos­ses­sion at Rand­wick Race­course.

“The good thing about this, re­gard­less of any­thing, is we are now re­build­ing ev­ery­thing again. We are con­nect­ing with our net­works again,” he said.

And although Huegill is not ac­tu­ally work­ing the leaf net, his client man­ager role does in­volve reg­u­lar site vis­its leav­ing peo­ple agape.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally I rock up to peo­ple’s back­yards and peo­ple do get that shock of ‘ wow what are you do­ing here?’,” he said.

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