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Linley Frame To Keep Swimmers Afloat When Racing Is Over

Sunday 14 October 2018


From The Weekend Australian:


Linley Frame
Linley Frame has new role in swimming.
(Picture: Paul Jeffers)

Linley Frame to keep swimmers afloat when racing is over

By Wayne Smith
Senior Sport Writer
October 12, 2018
Copyright © The Australian.

Arguably, it was the only thing the late Terry Gathercole, Olympic silver medallist, Australian swim coach of the year and president of Australian Swimming, got half-wrong when he coached former 100m breaststroke world champion Linley Frame.

“At the end of the day, swimming won’t pay your bills,” he once had told her.

His warning was intended to ensure that Frame never became a blinkered swimmer, that she was always well aware there was life outside the pool. So while Mr Gathercole (no one ever addressed him any other way, such was the respect he commanded) would get a wry smile out of the fact that Frame works for Swimming Australia, it’s the new role she now fills that would have him chuckling:

“Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager”.

If that title leaves you just a little confused, her job is to ensure that today’s generation of swimmers do take off the blinkers, look around them and realise that there is so much more to life than swimming. The lesson that her coach had taught her has now become, as of the past dozen days, her life’s work.

Frame herself is still working out how that job title will convert to reality but, after working on the national roll-out of Beyond the Black Line, a joint wellbeing project involving the national body, the state associations and the Australian Swimmers Association, she has a sense of how elite swimmers can achieve life balance. It helps, too, that she actually feels current as a swimmer.

She might have quit the sport in 1995 as a 24-year-old, driven into retirement first by glandular fever and then by chronic fatigue syndrome, but she returned to it as a 38-year-old, not just to swim at Masters level by to contest the Open nationals against swimmers young enough to be her daughter.


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