Jones takes her eye off the prizes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

OLYMPIC gold medal­list Leisel Jones has told Perth Mod­ern School stu­dents that com­ing first will not solve all their prob­lems.

Jones was at the school last Mon­day to dis­cuss her new book, which ex­plores her strug­gle with de­pres­sion.

The 30-year-old said in the quest to be per­fect in the pool, she was pri­vately fall­ing apart.

“Even as a gold medal­list, you still have to get up in the morn­ing,” she said.

“Yet some­how, I thought things would be dif­fer­ent, that my life might be smoother, more per­fect.

“When my life changes, when it’s dif­fer­ent from what it is now, then I’ll be happy.”

Jones said she hardly ever looks at her medals.

“A gold medal is a won­der­ful thing but if you’re not enough with­out one, then you’ll never be enough with one,” she said. “It’s my fer­vent hope that by telling my story – with all its highs and lows – peo­ple will re­alise that de­spite the mo­ments of ter­ri­ble dark­ness, you are never alone.”

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