When the Australian press ran a photo of an overweight, Geoff Huegill with this tacky headline: "From a six pack to six beers and a pizza!" I was astonished that they would treat one of their own Olympians that way: [Link]
I followed up the Google newswire periodically looking for any more mention of him and a year later there he was again as a news worthy story: Geoff courageously jumped back in the pool lost about 40-pounds. He set new goals to make it to the Commonwealth Games which in his event, the butterfly, has the same gravitas as Dara Torres coming back for the 50-free. [Link]
Then about 6-months later he lost all the weight he had put on; 66-pounds worth, and he looked great and was placing well in all the races he swam: [Link]
Now in March 2010 Geoff's goal was finally going to be realized, the right to swim as a Commonwealth athlete and he
These are the stories that make me want to blog: [Wo]man versus self, versus others, so as to be the definition of great! Stuff like this pushes humanity to the next level albeit art, technology, or sport.
Dara Torres filled up pools with that plot line and so did, Julie Moss, who put the Ironman on the map. As for me, Geoff Huegill, has now put the butterfly into my repertoire! Do I have the courage to do another 200-fly? Not yet!
Geoff Huegill (24.02) earlier revealed he had unintentionally dropped some weight courtesy of a bout of food poisoning last weekend.
But that didn't stop him from producing a strong first swim in his bid to earn a place at Delhi as he finished fastest in qualifying for the 50m butterfly.