Sunday will mark the start of pool swimming at the 15th FINA World Championships and the 4th anniversary of Gemma Spofforth’s 58.12 world-record victory in the world-title 100m backstroke final at the Foro Italico in Rome. A good moment to launch “Dealing With It”, Gemma’s story of six years of mourning, medals and men, a time of deep sorrow and elation on a roller-coaster of emotions following the death of her mother Lesley from cancer
Welcome to Our Books section. Our library collection of reviews, reports and reflections on some of the best volumes on the subject of competitive swimming and related themes starts here. We started our section with Buoyant, by Wella Hartig, Aaron Peirsol’s mum, and Laura Cottam Sajbel, and followed up with news of Gemma Spofforth’s Dealing With It. Watch for news of more titles and reviews in the coming weeks.
Craig Lord speaks to Wella Hartig, mother of former US teamsters and swimmers for life Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, from her home in Costa Rica, and asks why she wrote Buoyant, what the water gave her and how she dealt with distress and disappointment as her offspring pursued Olympic dreams
Book Review: You can’t help but be buoyed by Buoyant, a book by Wella Hartig – mum of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol – with Laura Cottam Sajbel. If the gifted child is one of the pillars that underpin the journey of a woman raising young talent, then love is the foundation to all things in this tale told through a mother’s experience in the wake of a life less ordinary as a child herself