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Elizabeth Byrnes
Liz swam with a local club in Sheffield, England, as a child before retiring at the grand old age of 12. Her lifelong love of the water, combined with a passion for travel, has seen Liz plunge into pools across the world. Liz spent 12 years with the Press Association reporting on swimming and athletics at Olympic and World level but is now fulfilling a dream as a freelance writer. When not in or around the water, she can be found hiking, running and cycling.

30 July 2017

Topics: Elite Team

Sport has the Power to change the World

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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create

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21 July 2017

Topics: Elite Team

What does your coach really expect from you?

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The relationship between swimmer and coach is unique. Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty puts it like this: “It’s a combination of your friend, your mum, your coach and your best mate that keeps you in

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17 July 2017

Topics: Elite Team

How & why you should never miss an opportunity!

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An athlete’s life at the top can be short and one where the window of opportunity may only be open for a fleeting moment. Make your chances and take your chances. Seize the day. Live in the moment. You never

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12 September 2016

Topics: Elite Team

Me and the coach – Sarah Sjostrom floats like a cork!

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When four-time world champion Sarah Sjostrom set a new world record in the 50m butterfly in July 2014, it was – says her coach Carl Jenner – the “closest thing to perfection”. Those present in Boras that day witnessed Sarah

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19 July 2016

Topics: Elite Team

Me and the coach – Mie Nielsen, how a backstroker is made

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Mie Nielsen was born with swimming in her blood. Her father Benny won silver in the 200m butterfly at the 1988 Olympics while her mother Lone Jensen competed at the World Championships in 1978. Not surprisingly, Mie inherited a love

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11 July 2016

Topics: Elite Team

Me and the coach – Breaking down Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s stroke

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The summer of 2006 is one that will live long in the memory for Ranomi Kromowidjojo. After competing at the European Junior Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Ranomi was called up to the Netherlands squad for the senior competition in

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14 May 2016

Topics: A Swimmer's life

A swimmer’s life isn’t just swimming

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Competitive swimming is not just about turning up at the pool, jumping into your cossie and diving in. Whether you are elite end or club level, just starting out or well established, what you do outside the water has a

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29 March 2016

Topics: Training & Technique

How to perfect your breaststroke glide

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“Not everyone is going to be an Olympic and world champion but there are elements that are key for every breaststroker be they club swimmers or elite” – Jon Rudd, swim coach to Olympic 100m breaststroke champion, Ruta Meilutyte. When Jon

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5 October 2015

Topics: Elite Team

‘My decision to train in the USA rather than Europe!’ – Lotte Friis

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Lotte Friis’ swimming journey started in her native Denmark, took in a stint in France and is now anchored in the United States where she will remain with the 2016 Olympics less than a year away. The 27-year-old distance swimmer

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28 September 2015

Topics: Elite Team

The secret behind consistent success! – Sarah Sjostrom

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When Sarah Sjostrom broke the 100m butterfly world record at the 2009 World Championships in Rome aged 15, little did she know it would be six years before she set another personal best in that event. The Swede won European

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