Wiegersma quits to focus on enjoying life

Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012
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NO MORE: Southland Olympic swimmer Natalie Wiegersma has announced her retirement from swimming.

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One of New Zealand's top young swimmers has retired.

Olympian Natalie Wiegersma, 22, decided last week that she had lost her drive and passion for the sport and it was time to move on.

It ends an impressive career which included setting one New Zealand open record and 12 national age group records over short and long course distances.

She attended the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and the Olympic Games in London this year.

She had planned to kick on to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

However, following a return to Invercargill after London, her mood had changed.

"People think they know, but really they have no idea. For the past 10 years swimming has been my life, I haven't touched alcohol, I've never gone clubbing and I've never had a boyfriend, things like that - all because of swimming," she said yesterday.

The girl from Dacre now has her sights on a new challenge.

"I've got ambitions to either be in the police force or navy." Fairfax NZ

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