July 24, 2012
1986 World Championships Madrid
My first national swim team appointment was to the 1986 World Championships in Madrid. This was unfortunate timing as the titles were held three weeks after the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Our swimmers struggled to peak twice in a month and failed to get a medal. The meet was dominated by the drug-fuelled East Germans who were at the height of their powers.
1987 Pan Pacific Championships Brisbane
The Pan Pacs the following year in Brisbane was a much more successful event for Australia.
My favourite swimmer Nicole Livingstone won Gold in both 100 and 200m backstroke events. I had a lot to do with Nicole throughout her stellar career from the time her lovely mother Elsie first brought Nic in to see me when I was in general practice in McKinnon when she was 13. It is great to see her doing so well in her hosting and commentary TV roles these days.