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Swimmer Prinsloo back in the gym after back injury and surgery
- Updated: May 19, 2015
Sometimes a step backwards can be beneficial in moving moving forward again… well, this is hopefully applicable to 2012 London Olympics swimmer, Karin Prinsloo.
That’s why Pretoria based Prinsloo is not too worried about missing the World Swimming Championships in Russia later this year.
‘It would have been nice to compete at World Championships, but because of a back injury and having my tonsils removed as well I missed out on many hours of quality training. I considered competing at the Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco in an effort to qualify for Worlds, but then decided against it,’ Prinsloo said.
‘If I had qualified, my training program mewould have been disrupted. I would have had to do a build-up for Monaco and then I would have had to taper down before the World Championships. Now I can focus only on getting racing fit for the next season.
‘I have started to do some gym training this week to strengthen my body. It is the first time in 18 months that I am back in the gym. I would not have been able to do so if I were going to compete at the World Championships.’
Prinsloo plans to compete at the national Short Course Championships in July. If selected, she will represent South Africa at the African Games in September. More importantly, she hopes to compete at one or two of the World Cup galas between September and November.
‘What is good about this year’s World Cup galas is that it will be contested in Olympic-size swimming pools and not, as before, in 25 metre pools. This means that we will be able to qualify for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I would like to get my international qualification out of the way by the end of this year. Then I only have to do so again at next year’s South African Championships to secure my place in the South African team,’ Prinsloo (hpc/Speedo) said.
Prinsloo is confident that, if everything goes according to plan, she will be able to represent South Africa in the 200m backstroke as well as the 200m and 400m freestyle events at the 2016 Games.
Stuart Hopwood, Speedo’s Brand President, said he admires the effort and sacrifices South Africa’s foremost swimmers make to try and represent South Africa at International events.
‘That is why we are sponsoring quite a few of South Africa’s swimmers. It is important to us that the swimmers should just have to focus on their training and performance. Worrying about whether they can afford to buy swimming apparel and equipment is detrimental to their training and can lead to swimmers getting despondent. Speedo sponsored swimmers just need to ask when they need something and if it is possible we will go the extra mile to help them. In a small way that is Speedo’s way of trying to help our swimmers to make all South Africans proud by winning medals at World Championships or the Olympic Games,’ said Hopwood at the opening of the Speedo Concept Store in the Menlyn Shopping Mall.