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Lauren Boyle considered quitting

August 17, 2013
Lauren Boyle on the podium with her bronze medal in the 800m freestyle

Lauren Boyle on the podium with her bronze medal in the 800m freestyle

Lauren Boyle has revealed she came closed to quitting swimming just months before equalling New Zealand’s best ever world championship campaign.

Boyle has arrived home after winning three medals at the world champs in Barcelona earlier this month.

Boyle says she thought about quitting the sport after her coach Mark Regan left following disagreements with the national body.

“Not just once, many times, but I probably should not have just admitted that.”

“It was quite a big mental challenge and I’m really lucky I had support to get through it. I think asking for help was probably the best thing that I did.”

Boyle says sports psychologist Tom Patrick played a pivotal role in keeping her in the sport.
“We made a plan to not think about anything that would happen until after these Worlds Champs were over and we also made a plan to make sure that I was the one who was in control of what I was doing.”

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