Jones takes her eye off the prizes
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.”