Former Australian swimming champion Linley Frame has pledged to swim 20km for the Lap Australia Challenge, but can she make the distance? Even she’s not sure!
As co-captain for team ‘Beyond the Black Line’, Frame’s mindset to “lead by example” means there’s little doubt she’ll push herself to achieve her goal, and help fellow Australians lap the map to swim a collective 35,877km.
Chatting to the official Swimming Australia website, Frame joked she’ll have to start training if she’s to reach the 20kms, however always the professional, she didn’t rule out adding a few more kilometres to her pledge.
“I keep trying to decide if they’ll be a few more in me, but I might just do a sense check and see how I track over the 10 days.”
The challenge is all part of Australia Swims, which officially kicked off on 19 January and concludes 10 days later on 28 January. The campaign encourages people to hop in the water and get active – a sentiment Linley is very passionate about.
“Getting out there and moving, doing something that you love, something that makes you feel good about yourself is what it’s all about, and swimming is that for me, so it’s nice to be able to step up and co-captain this team,” Linley said.
Representing Australia from 1989 to 1995, Frame competed at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics, as well as appearing at the Pan Pacs and multiple World Championships where she won a gold medal in the 100m Breaststroke and silver medals in the 200m Breaststroke and 4 x 100m Medley Relay in 1991.
Touted as a Breaststroke champ, Frame is no stranger to leadership. After calling time on her career in the pool, Frame is now taking on a new kind of challenge, as Swimming Australia’s Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager.
Through this newly established role, Frame has been able to create a flagship wellbeing program – ‘Beyond the Black Line’ – which is aimed at opening communication lines between young swimmers as their career evolves, and so far, the program has received nothing but positive feedback.
“Beyond the Black Line is really important to me,” Frame said.
“After being involved in the sport for such a long time and watching athletes coming through now, there are so many positives to being involved, but often people don’t talk about the challenges involved in growing up in the sport.
“By having these conversations and normalising what’s going on and opening these lines of communication, we can create a new normal for these swimmers. That they can look around on pool deck and not feel alone and realise that there are skills they can build on as they develop through the sport, and that are transferable to life external to swimming.”
Captaining the ‘Beyond the Black Line’ team alongside Frame is fellow Olympian Josh Beaver, who also acts as an ambassador for the Beyond the Black Line program after actively taking part himself.
To join Team Beyond the Black Line, click here and head over to Beyond the Black Line’s site to find out more info.
Dolphin Jess Hansen has pledged her swim to Beyond the Black Line too!