Here at Swim Ride Mum we love to meet new mums who inspire us. Anne shows us that when you find your passion, you can do amazing things!
Can you tell us a bit about your family?
We are a family that loves to explore, enjoy the outdoors, camping and nature play. I have two children Jade (4 years) and Byron (2 years) and my partner Craig. We are an easy going family that just likes to have a good time.
Tell us about your athletic career?
Sport has always been a part of my life. Growing up in a small country town most people are involved in sport as it is a large part of the social scene. As a child I tried many different sports but swimming was always my sport of choice. Later on in life I took up waterpolo and I have competed in a few triathlons.
Since having children, what events have you participated in?
The first event I did after having my first child was Triathlon Pink which is a charity event raising money for Breast Cancer. It was a great introduction to get back into doing Triathlons after having my baby. I then went on to do some other triathlons. This year I did the Rottnest Island Channel swim in a duo. Swim to Rotto is one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.
What have you found to be the biggest difference about competing prior to having children and now?
You take it for granted before you have children how much time you have to do things for yourself. It was so much easier to train/compete and look after yourself prior to children.
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What about training? How do you manage to fit it all in?
Trying to fit in training is a bit of a challenge. Not having any family in Perth it is a juggling act to try and fit it all in. In preparation to swim to Rotto I was mainly swimming in the evening after the children had gone to bed. When I could see a window of opportunity to get some time to myself I used to train. I also involve the children, one is riding the bike and I am running while pushing the other in the pram. I also do workouts in the back yard and the kids love to join in.
What do your children think of their very clever mummy?
They love watching me compete and get very excited when they see mum in action.
Do you have a favourite motivational quote?
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!
Whats a piece of equipment that you couldn’t live without?
My googles! I did an ocean swim and my goggles fell off getting out to the start line so I had to do the whole race without them.
What is next on the agenda for you athletic wise?
The waterpolo season kicks off again soon and I am also doing Swim to Rottnest Island again. I am also thinking about doing a few triathlons (if I can fit it in!!)
Tell us about your blog ‘Let Me Be Free’?
Let me be free by Xavier Rudd is our family song on road trips and it has become our travel anthem. I spent many years working in the travel industry and now I blog about our adventures which are usually much closer to home these days. I write about travel and camping in order to help other have the confidence to see the world or their own backyard. I do this because I believe it’s important to spend time as a family, get away from modern technology and play in nature.
Here at Swim Ride Mum we love reading about other Mums and their journeys to achieve ambitious goals in sport. Swimming the Rottnest Channel as a duo is an amazing achievement on its own, let alone doing it with 2 such young children! Anne, you are an inspiration! Please take a look at Anne’s Blog “Let Me Be Free”. You can also follow her on social media on Facebook or Instagram. Check it out!
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