OLYMPIC gold medallist Libby Trickett visited the Whitsunday PCYC on Saturday to talk to members of the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club and the Whitsunday Masters about her career as one of the world's elite swimmers.
Trickett was in the region to co-host the ABC Grandstand Active program live from the Whitsunday Sailing Club, covering the final day of the Tasar Nationals competition.
While in town, Trickett took the time to speak to the region's aspiring young swimmers and answer their challenging questions.
“I just like to tell my story and to know that they want to hear it inspires me,” she said.
“I love to speak to the kids and the regional areas are great.
“This is easily my favourite part (of the job).”
Since retiring from professional swimming in December last year at the age of 24, Trickett has been keeping herself busy outside the swimming pool.
She currently works for Channel 10 and the ABC, while also doing her best to stay involved with the sport that propelled her to greatness.
“I maybe a little biased but I think that swimming is the best sport,” Trickett said.
“Swimming is in my blood and it always will be.
“I just want to be involved in the sport in any way that I can.”
Speaking to the young swimmers, Trickett said that she was very grateful to have had the opportunity to compete on a world stage.
She encouraged all the kids to follow their dreams.
“Winning Olympic Gold, that's the ultimate and it was like a childhood dream came true,” she said.
“The real highlight to me was just the entire seven years on the Australian team.” But there is one thing that she doesn't miss from her years on the Australian swimming team and that's her early morning starts and gruelling training sessions. “I still love getting in the pool for a swim once or twice a week but I definitely don't miss training six days a week,” she said.
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