It’s a beautiful thing, diving into the cool crisp water and then just sort of being able to pull your body through the water and the water opening up for you.
I’ve worked hard all my life.
The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.
I’ve always believed that the desire must come from within, not as a result of being driven by coaches or parents.
Make yourself an example, achieve it, but don’t hurt anyone on the way up. I don’t think I did that.
If you’re good at it, you can win.
I don’t linger on the fact that Dawn Fraser was a great swimmer 40 years ago. That was in the past. I did break 41 world records, but I don’t live on that today.
I can remember crawling through the window where he was in the hospital… He said, ‘You have a gift… keep training for me.’ I s’pose those were the last words he ever spoke to me.
We only have two things that we share in this life; we are born and we die. And what we do in between those times, we’ve got to be happy. I don’t let the outside world deter me.