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Mar 20 19

NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships preview

by ZwemZa
Mar 20 19

Swimming instructor Kyle Daniels faces almost 30 additional abuse charges relating to six girls

by ZwemZa

Kyle Daniels was arrested on March 12. (Supplied: Facebook)

A Sydney swimming instructor accused of sexually abusing two young girls is now facing 28 additional charges, a court has heard.

Key points:

  • Kyle Daniels was arrested a week ago and charged with abusing two girls
  • He was today charged with 28 additional offences involving another six girls
  • The 20-year-old is expected to apply for bail in Manly Local Court today

Kyle Daniels, 20, is accused of molesting a six-year-old girl while teaching lessons at the Mosman Swim Centre, on Sydney’s lower north shore, on February 2.

Police alleged the Knox Grammar School graduate, who is enrolled at the University of Sydney, raped an eight-year-old girl on February 14 — less than two weeks later.

Detectives began an investigation when the girls told their parents about the alleged assaults, one of which occurred inside the swim centre.

Mr Daniels was arrested at his Balgowlah home, where he lives with his mother, father and identical twin brother, just before lunchtime on March 12.

He was taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with two counts of intentionally touching a child under 10 years and sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.

Police today confirmed he had been charged with an additional 28 offences.

In a statement, they said the charges included eight counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10, six counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years and 14 counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age.

“Police will allege in court the man sexually abused a further six girls — aged between six and 10 — on separate occasions during lessons at the Mosman pool between June 2018 and March 2019,” the statement said.

Mr Daniels worked at Mosman Swim Centre for two years, but was suspended before his arrest.

He remains in police custody but is expected to apply for bail at Manly Local Court today.

Mark Reddie |


Mar 20 19

Lilly King could have cashed in off Olympics, instead she stayed at IU all four years. ‘I kept my word.’

by ZwemZa

Lilly King (USA Swimming)

Swimming is a sport in which timing is everything. Not just minutes and seconds on the scoreboard clock, either.

Wouldn’t you know it? Lilly King’s times not only are world records, but her timing could not be better.

This week’s NCAA Championships — Wednesday through Saturday at Austin, Texas — will be her last college meet. Then she transitions to life as a pro. This sport does not offer life-changing NFL or NBA money but does allow swimmers to stay in the sport longer.

King, an Indiana University swimmer from Evansville, is an appealing figure for her gold medals, talent and outspokenness.

“It’s the year leading up to the Olympics that really matters. That’s when you accumulate your sponsors,” said Cody Miller, a former IU swimmer who became a pro and won two Olympic medals in 2016.

Some of King’s peers — Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky — did not use all their college eligibility before becoming pros. King could have gone that way, too.

The decision has cost King earnings, notably $60,000 in bonuses for setting two world records at the 2017 World Championships.

“That money’s gone. It’s never coming back,” she said.

The NCAA does allow Olympic athletes to keep medal money from the U.S. Olympic Committee and national governing bodies, and King earned more than $100,000 from the Olympics. She soon will be eligible for a $36,000 annual stipend from USA Swimming.

She must choose an agent, who will negotiate a swimwear contract with Speedo or TYR and try to lure non-swim-related sponsors. Miller said King would be a natural to represent McDonald’s, where she loves to eat, and Crocs, which she loves to wear. She has that edginess associated with Nike, although it is unusual for the shoe giant to sign a swimmer to an apparel deal.

Some of King’s peers — Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky — did not use all their college eligibility before becoming pros. King could have gone that way, too.

The decision has cost King earnings, notably $60,000 in bonuses for setting two world records at the 2017 World Championships.

“That money’s gone. It’s never coming back,” she said.

The NCAA does allow Olympic athletes to keep medal money from the U.S. Olympic Committee and national governing bodies, and King earned more than $100,000 from the Olympics. She soon will be eligible for a $36,000 annual stipend from USA Swimming.

“I’m not really motivated by money. I never have been,” King said. “I grew up a teacher’s kid. I’ve not lived with a silver spoon in my mouth my whole life. I have a lot of other values that are more important to me than money. So I feel like the main reason for me to turn pro was for the money, and I wasn’t ready to do that.

“I signed on for four years. I didn’t sign on for three. I didn’t sign on for two and then decide to go pro. I signed on for four. Kept my word.”

Sheryl Shade is an agent whose clients include three Olympic medalists from Indiana: divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson and freestyle skier Nick Goepper. Shade said sponsors ahead of the Olympics must decide whether to sign one or two athletes to big contracts, or spread that money to 10 athletes “but have interesting stories.”

She must choose an agent, who will negotiate a swimwear contract with Speedo or TYR and try to lure non-swim-related sponsors. Miller said King would be a natural to represent McDonald’s, where she loves to eat, and Crocs, which she loves to wear. She has that edginess associated with Nike, although it is unusual for the shoe giant to sign a swimmer to an apparel deal.

Few are more interesting than King. She grew up practicing in an overcrowded city pool and famously beat Russia’s Yulia Efimova after a finger-wagging exchange in Rio de Janeiro.

The most important thing, Shade said, is for King to declare she will compete beyond 2020. Sponsors want a longer return on investment.

“It’s almost the kiss of death to say you’re going to retire,” Shade said.

King, 22, has no intention of doing so before 2024. She is aiming high for Tokyo 2020 — “the perfect Olympics for me would be four golds” — and could become the first woman to repeat in the 100-meter breaststroke. She could also win medals in the 200 breaststroke, medley and mixed medley relays.

“If I’m still enjoying myself and still having fun, I don’t see why I wouldn’t keep swimming,” she said. “I’m not afraid to be done with swimming. I’m not afraid to move on.”

She is staying in Bloomington to train with other pros and has another semester of physical education student teaching at Batchelor Middle School. What matters most, she said, stays the same: location, training, coaching.

On the four days she does double workouts, she goes to bed at 8 p.m. instead of 9. Morning practice is at 5:45.

“All I’ve ever known is get up, go to practice, go to school, go to practice, go home, go to bed. So I’ve never done anything different,” King said. “I never thought about how disciplined I am. I prefer the word ‘scheduled.’ I’m very scheduled. With the workout regimen that I have, I have to be. If I’m not, everything will fall apart.”

She expressed few misgivings about transition to the pro lifestyle, having seen swimmers like Miller and Ledecky go through it. Indiana coach Ray Looze said King’s biggest challenge will be in managing demands by sponsors so that training is not impaired.

Looze said he was “grateful and humbled” that King represented IU for four years. Doing so allowed her to create a lifetime memory — winning a Big Ten team title with the Hoosiers last month in their home pool. King said she had never been on a championship team in age-group or high school.

“It was incredible to see the girls all come together like they did,” she said.

King’s rise was meteoric in 2016, and she has continued to lower her times. In the Big Ten meet, she became the first woman to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in less than 56 seconds.

She could become the first woman to win four-year sweeps of both NCAA breaststrokes. She will, of course, attempt to lower her American records.

During buildup to July’s World Championships at Gwangju, South Korea, she could be pitted against Efimova again in a new series introduced by FINA, the world governing body for aquatic sports. That meet is May 31-June 1 at Indianapolis.

Looze asserted King can do everything better: nutrition, weightlifting, recovery.

“She’s definitely got more in the tank,” he said.

And soon, more in the bank account.

David Woods | Indianapolis Star


Mar 20 19

Olympic medalist Manaudou returns to swimming

by ZwemZa

Florent Manaudou (AFP)

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

The Frenchman, who won the 50-meter freestyle title at the 2012 London Olympics, took a break of two-plus years away from swimming to focus on handball.

Manaudou told L’Equipe newspaper he is missing high-level competition and that he is “excited to swim again and compete with the best.”

The 28-year-old Manaudou, a silver medalist in the 50 free at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will be trained by his former coach James Gibson.

During his break, Manaudou has also played a small role in a TV series and invested in a restaurant in Marseille named “The Swimming Pool.”

Associated Press

Mar 19 19

Kenneth To, record-breaking Hong Kong swimmer, dies aged 26 in Florida, US – ‘a huge loss to Hong Kong sports’

by ZwemZa

Kenneth To King-him at the Hong Kong Festival of Sports in April 2018. He died at the age of 26 in the US on Monday night. Photo: Winson Wong

Record-breaking Hong Kong swimmer Kenneth To King-him has died suddenly aged 26 in the US, the Hong Kong Sports Institute has confirmed in a statement.

To felt unwell in the locker room after a practice session in Florida, and was taken to hospital where he died on Monday night. He had been undergoing a three-month training programme with the Gator Swim Club of the University of Florida.

“The Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing away of elite swimmer Kenneth To,” a statement said.

“The HKSI extends our deepest condolences to Kenneth’s family, teammates and coaches.”

The former Sydney-based swimmer switched nationalityfrom Australia, where he was raised from the age of two and learned the sport, to the land of his birth in 2016, having won a world championship silver medal in Barcelona in 2013 and a gold medal at the 2012 Youth Olympics.
Kenneth To’s (second left) death is being mourned by the swimming world. Photo: Handout
To set four long-course and nine short-course records in his first 10 months swimming for Hong Kong, and held 17 overall when he died.

He first represented Hong Kong at the 2017 World University Games, followed by the China National Games in Tianjin, where he captured a silver medal with Chinese star Sun Yang in a joint relay team. It was Hong Kong’s first medal at the China National Games since they made their debut in 1997 after the handover.

At last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta, To finished fifth in the finals of the 50-metres freestyle and the 200m individual medley.

“I want to say it is a memorable experience,” To said after receiving an award for his outstanding achievements from the Hong Kong Swimming Association in May 2018. “Each month that I raced and each competition that I went to is another highlight of my swimming career.

“Swimming in Australia was getting to the point of being a little bit repetitive and did not satisfy me in terms of race opportunity and improvement.

“Coming back to Hong Kong has given me a second chance and a new perspective on swimming and swimming in my life. The National Games was exceptional as I raced in front of a big crowd cheering for you.”

At the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, To burst on to the international scene, taking home six medals – a gold in the 4×100m medley relay, three silvers and two bronze.

Four years later in Glasgow, To won two medals for Australia at the Commonwealth Games – one gold as a heat swimmer for the 4×100m freestyle, and one silver as a breaststroke heat swimmer in the 4×100m medley relay.

However, a back injury hindered his progress and after meeting his girlfriend at the 2015 World Cup in Hong Kong, he decided to return to the place of his birth.

“I enjoy every moment in Hong Kong, and am very happy to be representing Hong Kong at the highest level,” To said last year.

Mar 19 19

What are you doing about your one big mental hang-up?

by ZwemZa

(USA Swimming)

Bad habits.

We all got them.

And usually when we think about them, it’s in terms of our technique or lifestyle.

We breathe to the same side when we are tired. Our streamline loosens when we are unfocused. We coast into the walls instead of finishing on a full and fast stroke with our heads down. We eat the same comfort foods when we are having a bad day. (Burritos with a side of pizza. Anyone else?)

Many of those habits operate in the background, kind of like the apps on your phone you thought you closed but are still chewing up battery power, humming away, doing stuff back there without you really thinking about them.

Bad habits populate our mindset, too.

After all, some of the classic mental hang-ups are habits:

  • Do you quit when things get tough? That’s a habit.
  • Do you get overwhelmed with frustration and anger when you screw up? That’s a form of habit.
  • Does your focus wander when you should be concentrating on your technique? That’s a habit, too.

If there is one thing that can be said about habits, good and bad, it’s that they are amazingly consistent.

We experience the same ones over and over again. They happen so much that they become part of our identity.  Something we cannot change. Something that defines us.  (“I quit when things get tough, so I’m a quitter.”)

It doesn’t have to be this way, though.

You can forge better mental habits that will help you swim faster than ever in the water.

Here’s how to get started.

Figure out what that one mental hang-up is.

Let’s get all Stone Age-y and grab a piece of paper and a pen. In full detail we are gonna write out what that gnarly mental hang-up is.

Writing it down takes it out of the dark and puts a face on it. Know your enemy. “That’s just the way it is” or “It’s who I am, I can’t help it” doesn’t fly.

Sit down and reflect on what it is. If you are serious about improving and you are fed up with the deleterious effects of this nasty mental habit than detail what it is, when it happens and why you are experiencing it.

Becoming more self-aware of your mental hang-up helps you see that perhaps it’s not as valid as you think it is. Writing it out reveals its weaknesses—soon as you see it on paper your mind will race to find ways to counteract it.

Put together a blueprint for working through it.

Taking the next step, what are two or three things you can do each day in training to fight back against this mental hang-up?

You can’t hope that it will go away on its on or wish it away. Instead, take control. Take the reins of your mindset.

Here are some examples:

I give up too much in training…

  • Find one thing to do today that is “impossible” and try it.
  • Write out a mantra I will use for that moment where I usually give up.

I collapse under pressure at the big meet…

  • Spend five minutes rehearsing the adversity I might face on race day…and myself calmly persevering.
  • Choose one opportunity to raise the stakes in training: A timed effort at the end of practice.
  • Prepare for practice today the same way I will for competition.

I get too caught up with what other swimmers are doing…

  • Write out a set of performance cues to keep myself engaged during practice.
  • Every time I start thinking about what other swimmers are doing, remind myself that every athlete’s journey is different.

And so on.

Writing out this stuff is key.

Like I mentioned earlier, ignoring or hoping that the bad mental hang-up that’s been holding you back will go away on its own is easy, but not gonna actually help anything improve.

Here are some other fun facts about building better mental habits in the water:

Positive habits crush negative habits.

Creating new, good habits is easier than trying to fix bad, broken ones. There’s not a lot of joy in trying to fix bad habits when there is nothing there to replace them.

Instead of fixating on how badly you want to fix a habit that is causing you problems, focus on replacing them with good ones. If, for example, you want to stop eating unhealthy dinners, work on meal prepping a healthy dinner. Focus on building something new instead of focusing all your energy on stopping something else.

Pepper your environment with things that help your new habit.

Write out motivational slogans on your water bottle. Find a quote that supports your new habit and write it out in your training journal after each practice.

One of the simplest things I did to encourage better eating habits in my own life was to print out a piece of paper that had, “Eat like a champion today” in 300-px size font and slapped it across the door of the fridge.

Say your new habit out loud.

This one might get you some looks, but saying the thing you want to do out loud has a weird effect on us. Verbalized self-talk is something you see often: Caeleb Dressel exclaiming, “Let’s do this!” before his races (to himself) is a great example.

Do the same thing when your mental hang-up rears its dragon-face: “I am not going to give up today” or “I am excited to swim fast.”

Habits require time and consistency.

Your bad habit didn’t start overnight, and neither will your new shiny one. It will take time, practice and patience. I know—patience and consistency aren’t trending these days on Goo-Face-Tweet-Chat.

The rapid and instant flow of information and status updates gives us an expectation that everything should happen right now. We carry this expectation over to our training and habits.

But habits require time. There is no short-cutting them. A general rule of thumb: The harder and more complex they are, the more time they will require.


Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer and contributor to USA Swimming.

He’s the author of Conquer the Pool: The Swimmer’s Ultimate Guide to a High-Performance Mindseta 300-page workbook that gives swimmers the tools and knowledge necessary to bulletproof their performances in the pool.

He also writes a weekly mental training tips newsletter for swimmers and coachethat you can subscribe to for free here.

Mar 19 19

Chalmers and Campbell find golden hattrick at 2019 NSW State Champs

by ZwemZa

Kyle Chalmers (Swimming Australia/Swimming NSW)

It was raining gold for Australia’s Olympic swimmers at the 2019 NSW State Championships, with 12 Olympians finding a place on the podium over the three-day event and Australia looking poised for Tokyo 2020 success.

Both Kyle Chalmers and Cate Campbell completed a golden hattrick for their clubs, with Chalmers finding gold in the men’s 100m and 200m freestyle along with the 100m butterfly.

Returning to his golden form, Chalmers became the first person in the world to clock under 48 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle this season, with a blistering time of 47.89, his fastest since winning gold at Rio 2016 in 47.58. James Roberts and Cam McEvoy followed in second and third place respectively.

The Olympic champion’s 200m freestyle result of 1:47.45 places him at seventh fastest in the world, with a split of 53.43/54.02, his fastest in-season time for the event.

Cate Campbell’s trifecta came through the 100m and 50m freestyle, along with the 4×100 medley where she was accompanied by her Knox Pymble teammates Claudia Neale, Georgia Peregrina and Claudia Fydler.

Campbell’s 100m freestyle effort was her fastest this season, earning her the number two spot in the world at 53:21.Emma McKeon claimed silver at 53:73, while Cate’s sister Bronte Campbell made it four medals for the family, picking up bronze in 53:81.

Madi Wilson wasn’t far behind at 53:92, but of particular significance is her impressive transition from backstroke to freestyle ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The NSW State Championships were an exciting insight of what’s to come for Wilson, who also claimed gold in both the women’s 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

The younger generation also made their mark at the event, with Youth Olympic gold medallist Kaylee McKeown winning her own state title in the 200m Individual Medley, and finishing in second behind Wilson in the 100m backstroke,

Heading into Tokyo 2020, the 17-year-old can now add fourth fastest 200m backstroke swimmer in the world to her resume.

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Winnington claimed gold in the men’s 400m freestyle beating the likes of Sim Welson in second and Olympian Mack Horton in third.

Fellow Olympic hopeful Matt Wilson also claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke, in a time of 2:08.26, the third fastest time in the world this year.

Twenty-three-year-old Jess Hansen made waves of her own, setting a new NSW record for the 100m breaststroke of 1:06.91, also making her the third fastest swimmer in the world for the event this season, while London 2012’s Leiston Pickett claimed silver and Jenna Strauch, bronze.

Rio 2016’s Emma McKeon won gold in the 100m butterfly in a time of 57.84, also placing the 24-year-old at third fastest in the world, while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Taylor claimed silver and Yolane Kukla, bronze.

McKeon also claimed silver in both the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle. 

Tokyo 2020 hopeful and Australian Open Water National Championships runner-up, Kiah Melverton claimed gold in both the 800m freestyle and the 400m freestyle, ahead of Rio 2016 silver medallist, Leah Neale in second place and 19-year-old Olivia Adams in third.

You can catch your Aussie favourites next as they battle it out at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from April 7-12.

Liana Buratti |

Mar 19 19

2019 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s diving qualifiers announced

by ZwemZa

Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (SwimSwam)

The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Committee announced today the participants in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships.

The women’s championships (March 20-23) and the men’s championships (March 27-30) will be held at Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas and the University of Texas at Austin will serve as host. A total of 41 female student-athletes and a total of 35 male student-athletes will compete in the diving championships.

SWIMMING AND DIVING: Men’s championship history | Women’s Championship history 

Divers were determined by performances achieved at Zone Diving Meets held March 11-16. The complete list of swimmers and divers competing in the championships is available on the NCAA websites at (women) and (men).

For the women’s championships, ESPN will provide live linear coverage for Friday and Saturday finals on ESPNU, as well as, digital coverage on ESPN3 for Wednesday and Thursday evening finals. For the men’s championships, the finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday evenings will be broadcast via the digital platform on ESPN3. Tape delayed coverage of the men’s championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern, April 8. All sessions not part of ESPN’s broadcasts will be streamed live on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships microsite at

CLICK HERE FOR QUALIFIERS: Men’s qualifiers | Women’s qualifiers


Mar 19 19

Adam Peaty picks up ‘confidence boost’ as he sets world marker

by ZwemZa

Adam Peaty (Twitter)

Adam Peaty clocked the fastest 100m Breastroke time in the world this year as he stormed to victory at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet.

Peaty finished in a time of 58.73 at the Royal Commonwealth Pool – half a second quicker than his Loughborough team-mate James Wilby (59.23), who took the silver medal ahead of University of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch (1:00.99).

And Peaty admitted he wasn’t expecting to achieve that mark at this stage of the season.

He said: “This was a real confidence boost for me because I didn’t think I’d get anywhere near that.

“I’m stronger than ever in training but now it’s about resting up and seeing where we get mid-season.

“Here I didn’t think I’d get into that number one ranking spot.”

Wilby was also delighted with his performance after a hectic few weeks.

He said: “I’m pretty happy with that.

“This is my second competition on the trot – I did Iowa last week and this one this week and I’m really happy to be consistently around these times, especially after all the travel.

“This cycle last year was really good for me, winning the Commonwealth Games, so I’m just looking to make incremental improvements on that, with the long-term goal being Tokyo.

“With the work that’s being going on in the pool and the gym, and balancing University, I’m really happy with the position we’re in this far out from trials.”

Guy claims second title

Meanwhile, James Guy also continued his good form ahead of the British Swimming Championships, which begin on 16 April.

After winning the 200m Freestyle in a competition record of 1:47.66 on the opening day of the competition, the Bath University swimmer followed that up with victory in the 200m Butterfly on day two.

His time of 1:57.81 put him 1.26 seconds ahead of University of Stirling’s Duncan Scott.

City of Sheffield’s Joe Litchfield won the first gold medal on day two with victory in the 400m Individual Medley.

He touched in 4:21.69 to finish more than half a second clear of Millfield’s Brodie Williams (4:22.25).

In the women’s race, Aimee Willmott won by an impressive 4.16 seconds.

The Commonwealth Games champion clocked 4:40.93, with Loughborough’s Leah Crisp taking the silver in a time of 4:45.09.

All the results are available on the Swim Scotland website.

English Swimming

Mar 18 19

Cate Campbell dreams of leaving a legacy

by ZwemZa

Cate Campbell has come back stronger after the bitter disappointment of her Rio Olympics performances. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

An old farming friend once told leading swimming coach Simon Cusack “it’s harder to train your first sheep dog than it is to develop all the others after that”.

Like anything, they will always copy the leader. So if Swimming Australia can develop its next crop of rising stars while Cate and Bronte Campbell are still around, it creates a lasting legacy.

A legacy containing Olympic Games gold and world records that can be built on to maintain Australia’s status as a force in the pool.

Australia’s top female sprinters have converged on the AIS for a week-long 100m freestyle and relay national event camp run by NSW high performance coach Cusack.

The Campbell sisters have been joined by Brittany Elmslie, Shayna Jack, and Emma McKeon, as well as three rising stars in Canberra’s Abbey Webb, Natasha Ramsden (NSW) and Eliza King (Queensland).

Cate Campbell rebuilt herself after a forgettable Rio campaign to be installed as a member of the Australian Dolphins’ leadership group alongside her sister, Mitch Larkin, Alex Graham and Jess Hansen.

It means the prospect of mentoring the next generation for a week in Canberra sits just fine with the 26-year-old.

“I am the oldest girl down here, so with age, leadership often comes along. It is really important to foster the young swimmers because I won’t be in the sport forever,” Campbell said.

“I will eventually be transitioning out, so you want to make sure you’ve got a good, well-rounded crop of swimmers to fill that space.

“I’m really excited for the next 18 months, it’s really motivating knowing you’ve only got 18 months to go until an Olympic Games. We do live in a sport where it is a four-year cycle, and we have world championships later this year, so selection trials for that are in June.

“This camp will be a great way to see how we’re going against the rest of the girls, because they will have to compete against them for a spot on the world championship team as well.”

Campbell says Australia’s world record-holding quartet need to “keep up with the rest of the world” as the 4x100m freestyle gets faster, but she won’t be putting pressure on herself after the Australian Olympic Committee scrapped medal targets.

“I never set myself a medal target, because that is completely outside of my control. What I can control is how I perform in a race,” Campbell said.

“That’s what the AOC are doing, it’s empowering athletes, it’s allowing them to take control of their races. If I swim my best ever time, if someone else swims faster than me, I gave everything I could and that doesn’t mean I’m a disappointment or a failure.

“What the AOC have done is back athletes to back themselves. They are not looking at unrealistic targets, either too many medals or too few medals.

“They’ve allowed athletes to say they’re going to stand up and perform at their best. Australians should back them no matter what.”

Caden Helmers | The Sydney Morning Herald

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