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Lockdown has led to Corbett being more positive about life

by ZwemZa on June 2nd, 2020

Kaylene Corbett competing in the women’s open 100m breaststroke race of the 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming trials at Kings Park pool in Durban
Picture: Steve Haag

The 10 weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown has helped Kaylene Corbett a hopeful Olympian in the making to learn how to live the moment.

The Tuks swimmer chooses to see the glass as half full rather than half empty in a time when most want to spell the word frustration in capital letters.

Corbett’s “journey” was not an easy one. As she did not have access to a pool, she had to train on land. Which is never a good thing if you are a swimmer. She sustained knee and hip injuries.

Despite doing so, she is far from down and out. The Tuks swimmer opted to be philosophical as to her woes. Joking that a “fish” belongs in the water and not on land.

She qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last year by swimming a time of 2:24.18 in the 200m-breaststroke. To her, a definite highlight was when she finished 8th in the final during the World Championships in Korea. Equally as exciting is that she seems to be getting faster. In the last 18 months, Corbett improved on her best time by three seconds.

Corbett admits that after the South African Swimming Championships had been cancelled and the Tokyo Olympic Games postponed there was a day, or so she was frustrated.

“At the time, one can’t help but wonder for what you have been training all these months. Then I realised feeling sorry serves no purpose. There are still so much to be grateful for. It is actually rewarding to try and find something each day that excites you . . . motivates you to give 100%.

“The Games being postponed might yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I got an extra year to prepare to be the best I can. Now is the time to work on all those little things I have forever neglected to do.”

The Tuks swimmer blames herself for being injured.

“When the lockdown started, I was super motivated to still give it my all every day. I ran. Cycled. Skipped rope. Did box jumps etc. I never took into account that my body is not used to such high impact exercises all the time. When I was swimming, I did all these exercises at most three times a week.

“The one good thing that came about from the lockdown is that it made me realise never to take anything for granted again. Once I am back in the pool, I shall savour every moment and never complain no matter how much I might suffer during training.”

Wilhelm de Swardt

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