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Diary from World Swimming Champs
July 28: The World Championships in Budapest is nearing its conclusion, and it was amazing to see Cameron and Chad fly the South African flag high and bring home two well-deserved medals on Wednesday night. Read full blog
Failure is not fatal
“Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night” – Zig Ziglar Read full blog
Expanding horizons
Another year of World Cup racing has come to a close, and I’m truly more excited and optimistic than ever before. Read full blog
Battle for balance
The more I think about it, the more the current state of sport in South Africa concerns me. Read full blog
No room for errors
One of the greatest joys I derive from my career as a professional swimmer is still being able to be left in awe. I am currently in Singapore for the first-ever Singapore Swim Stars event. Read full blog
Chasing fresh challenges
After the Commonwealth Games I took some time to reflect on the training I’ve done, the success I’ve enjoyed and the shortcomings I’ve experienced over the course of 2014. Read full blog
Room to improve
There are few things more frustrating for a swimmer than working harder than ever and just not seeing the expected results. Read full blog
Diving into depression in sport
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in today’s society and it has become apparent that depression has increased among elite athletes. Read full blog
Tips for training the mind
While millions of people marvel at the physical skills of the world’s greatest athletes, few understand the hours and years spent cultivating their mental prowess. Read full blog
Drowning out drug cheats
Since I started swimming back in 1998, I have raced a few hundred times internationally. I’m convinced that I have competed against athletes who have doped. Read full blog
Time to swim against the tide
A complacent culture has developed. It’s time our girls start believing in their ability. My message to them is: stop looking to South African swimmers for inspiration, look beyond your borders. Read full blog
Of calibre, not colour
On Tuesday night I had the privilege of watching Johnny Clegg perform live for the first time. Music and sport have truly transcended racial and political boundaries. Read full blog
Rise of the Phoenix
I’ve spent close on 15 years flying between South Africa and America, and aside from the length and duration of travel, I can guarantee it never gets any easier saying goodbye. Read full blog
Many happy returns
After a productive week in Durban, I’m pleased to report I’ve qualified for my fifth Commonwealth Games. Read full blog
Fully loaded with Herbie
It feels incredible to be back in South Africa. When you spend as much time out of the country as I have, you miss and truly appreciate the mannerisms and nuances that make us uniquely South African. Read full blog
Far from finished
The World Cup series has come to an end and akin to seasons’ past, it’s been filled with highs and lows. But I’m pleased to report that from a personal perspective the highs have definitely outweighed the lows in 2013. Read full blog
Aiming to end on a high
Asia thus far has not been what I had anticipated in any way, shape or form. However, that’s the nature of professional sport – some days you’re breaking world records and other days you are just hoping to be in contention. Read full blog
Dehydration and disappointment
Well, jetlag and dehydration aren’t an ideal combination when it comes to expecting the most out of one’s body. However, I have to be completely honest and admit that I’m pretty disappointed in my freestyle and butterfly performances in Singapore. Read full blog
A rollercoaster ride
Five down and three more World Cups to go. 31 000 miles travelled so far and another 21 000 left. When one pores over those numbers and the sheer amount of racing, it’s easy to feel physically and mentally burnt out. While it certainly takes its toll on some, I guarantee you I won’t be one of them. Read full blog
The power of persistence
In 2010, I raced in Dubai for the first time and it was one of the lowest points of my career. Returning to Dubai reawakened – and exorcised – many of those demons for me. Read full blog