Cook Withdraws from Nationals
Swimming | Published:
Fri 10 February 2017
WA swimmer Tamsin Cook has decided to withdraw from the
2017 Australian Swimming Championships and will take a short break from
training and competition.
Cook said today the
decision would give her a chance to reset after a big 2016 campaign that saw her
win Olympic silver with the Australian women’s 4x200m freestyle relay squad in
"I’ve made the really tough decision to withdraw from
Nationals and take a bit of a break from swimming,” she said.
"I didn’t feel like I could perform to the standard
required and rather than push through and hope for the best, I’ve decided to
take a mini-break and come back refreshed and refocused.”
Cook is planning a two-month hiatus and will aim to
compete in the Mare Nostrum Series (in
Europe) later this year ahead of a longer-term goal to represent Australia
again at next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The 18 year-old said she plans toutilise her training break to commit more time towards her academic
"During my time off I hope to focus on my studies and
achieve in areas outside of the water that will contribute to lifegoals in the
future,” she said.
Cook’s withdrawal from the Australian Championships in
Brisbane means she will not seek selection on the Australian Dolphins team at this
year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest in July.