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Retired Olympian Trott explores new sporting avenues

Two-time Olympian Wendy Trott has called time on her swimming career, writes Mark Etheridge.

Trott, just 22, recently returned to her home-town of Cape Town after studying at the University of George in the United States where she recently graduated with a BA International Affairs.

The Beijing Olympics in 2008 were her first Olympics and she swam the 400 and 800-metre freestyle events as well as being part of the 4x100m relay team.

Her best result in Beijing was a ranking of ninth in the 800m free while at the London Olympics she placed 22nd in the 400m free and 12th in the 800m free.

Speaking to Road to Rio 2016, Trott said this week: “I’m done with swimming for good! It was time for me, I was getting a little disillusioned with the sport. So I’ve been doing some running and cycling training lately.”

She’s not done with studying though and early in the New Year goes back to the books rather than her starting blocks. “In February I’m starting my two-year Masters in International Relations at UCT.”

One of a rare breed able to excel at both study and sport, she was recently named a recipient of Today’s Top 10 Award, an award given annually to 10 NCAA student-athletes who have excelled both academically and athletically. She’s also a five-time SEC Champion and three-time NCAA champion.

Sporting wise what does life hold for Trott?

“I did my first triathlon in Clanwilliam a few weeks ago, but not very fit though and still not knowing much about riding a bike! Since then I’ve been struggling with shin splints so not much running, am just trying to get those sorted.

“I’m not sure if triathlon is something I actually want to do competitively or just to keep busy. I still care about the sport of swimming but definitely need a little break before I get into it in any other way again!”