Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett coming to Perth for swimming, speaking events


Libby Trickett’s swimming career is over but that hasn’t stopped her from jumping into the pool.

Libby Trickett at the Beijing Olympics, where she won two gold medals.
Libby Trickett’s swimming career is over but that hasn’t stopped her from jumping into the pool. Libby Trickett at the Beijing Olympics, where she won two gold medals.

LIBBY Trickett wants to share her love of swimming when she makes a number of stops in Perth.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist and swimming champion will take part in the Suburbs to the City open-water swim, which takes place from South Perth to Elizabeth Quay on March 18.

She will also speak at an event at the South of Perth Yacht Club on March 21 and take part in the Port to Pub Swim on March 25.

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Trickett said it was a great opportunity to take part in open-water swims.

“I’m really excited about swimming in the Swan River. I’m used to swimming with black lines so it’s definitely a challenge,” she said.

“You use the same techniques though and it’s all about getting from point A to point B.

“I’m a little nervous about swimming in open water because of the wildlife and the fear of the unknown but the organisers are all very professional.”

Trickett said the event at the South of Perth Yacht Club would be a chance to acknowledge the talent of female athletes.

“I’m going to be speaking with Tamsin Cook, who performed really well at the Rio Olympics,” she said.

“My message to young female athletes is not hold yourself back; for a long time the opportunities for women were different compared to men but now we are seeing opportunities in netball, soccer, football and swimming.”

Trickett said her time after her swimming career was split up with time on a radio show in Brisbane, promoting mental health with the Queensland Government and working with Swimming WA.

“I still swim two or three times per week when I can work around my other commitments,” she said.

“I haven’t been to WA in a few years; the last time I went to some regional communities to promote swimming. It’s still a huge passion of mine and I want to stay involved in swimming.

“It’s something that you can do forever because it’s a low-impact sport; without being biased, it’s the best sport.”