I knew I would have to be­tray a prom­ise

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Games, find­ing the pres­sure from the me­dia and the pub­lic too dif­fi­cult to deal with at such a young age.

“That whole me­dia-shy myth, it’s a fur­phy,” she says. “I love the at­ten­tion! But the sud­den ex­plo­sion of in­ter­est around me from around the globe af­ter the Olympics was in­tense. I was 16 and 17 at the time, I had no man­agers, it was just my par­ents try­ing to help me work out how to speak to the me­dia and make these speeches.

“Of­ten I felt re­ally silly, I was just a teenager try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with all these s adults. But at the same e time I ap­peared ma­ture and poised, so they asked a lot more ore of me than they might have ave from any­one else my age. It all felt so out of f con­trol, it would have been im­pos­si­ble for any­one to man­age what I was be­ing asked to do, let alone a teenager.” he retired from com­pet­i­tive swim­ming at 17 and mar­ried first hus­band Neil Innes a year later. They moved to Western Aus­tralia’s Mar­garet River, where their ap­par­ent iso­la­tion in a time be­fore mo­bile phones and so­cial me­dia may have given rise to the mis­con­cep­tion she was me­dia-shy. She mar­ried sec­ond hus­band Nelms in 2007 and the pair re­lo­cated to the coastal town of Bicheno in Tas­ma­nia. “It’s a re­ally good base for us to have in be­tween travel, , it’s s good for the soul, and good for us p phys­i­cally,” she says. “And be be­ing such a peace­ful place place, it fos­ters cre­ativ­ity and goo good think­ing. Then I can go out into the big wide w world to do my thing and come home to re­view and write re­ports from this beau­ti­ful spot, it’s just a per­fect bal­ance.” Since mov­ing to Tas­ma­nia, Gould has g gone back to uni­ver­sity to com­plete her Master of En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment de­gree, which she started in the 1970s, and has com­pleted a Master of Con­tem­po­rary Art at the Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nia.

She is now work­ing on her PhD th­e­sis, a so­ci­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Aus­tralia’s swim­ming cul­ture and how it forms such a piv­otal part of our na­tional iden­tity.

Swim­ming is still a huge part of her life. She is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Bicheno Surf Life­sav­ing Club, pa­trolling as a life­guard, and she formed a so­cial swim­ming group where up to 30 lo­cals meet on the beach to swim to­gether every morn­ing.

But what of that $500,000 in prize money from Aus­tralian Sur­vivor? Gould, quite typ­i­cally, isn’t let­ting it go to her head. “I want to build a nice sus­tain­able house here in Bicheno,” she says. “I al­ways wanted to have a sim­ple cot­tage … I had some great ideas for sus­tain­able houses and how to be clever with things like us­ing the sun prop­erly and cross-ven­ti­la­tion. So af­ter want­ing to do this for 40 years, now is the time for me to fi­nally do this dream project.”

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