Adam Pine.
Adam Pine. The Northern Star

Adam Pine set to defend the 50m butterfly

WHILE he’s still swimming personal bests and winning Olympic medals, Adam Pine is not quite ready to contemplate life in the slow lane.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old swimmer, who began life and his sporting career in Lismore, hasn’t hung up the goggles just yet and will compete at the NSW State titles in Sydney from February 13 to 15 and next month’s Australian Championships.

Pine wants to go on and defend the 50m butterfly World Shortcourse title he won in Manchester last year at the next event which will be held in Dubai in 2010.

“I’ve always had the thought in swimming that as long as I keep improving, setting personal bests and I’m still enjoying swimming, that it’s hard to give it up,” Pine said.

“I still enjoy the sport, I still enjoy racing and the people involved.

“It is good fun, and it is my hobby, and it will probably be my hobby for the rest of my life.

“It’s also an easy choice for me to make as my wife is very supportive and I have two kids who love swimming.”

Pine, who now lives in Canberra, has reduced his workload to about three sessions in the pool per week and swims for his local club, Ginninderra. He’s not quite sure how he’ll go at either the state of Australian titles but he’s willing to put his reputation on the swimming block nonetheless.

“I’ve been staying in contact with the water and doing some full-on training in the gym to increase my strength and you never know, it may help me,” he said.

“I’ll get serious again in the coming weeks and bring the swimming sessions up to nine sessions per week, but at the moment I’m enjoying the flexibility of not doing a full workload.

“Of course if I do terribly at the state titles or the Australian championship I may think twice about getting back into it and doing the hard slog again.”

Pine was encouraged by his efforts in Beijing where he set a personal best of 52.07sec in his pet event, the 100m butterfly, which was just one hundredth of a second outside the qualifying time for the semi-finals.

But he came away with a silver medal for his part in qualifying the 4x100m medley relay team of Eamon Sullivan, Brenton Rickard, Hayden Stoekel and Andrew Lauterstein for a spot in the final.

“I was very happy with my time in the individual event. I just missed out on a spot in the semi-final and it was the fastest I’ve ever swum,” he said.

“It was also great being able to swim the relay and for the four guys in the heat to qualify the Australian team in lane five and in the process break the Commonwealth record, which was then broken again 24 hours later.”

Those swims in Beijing seem to have given Pine fresh impetus to push on with his career, when other swimmers his age may have been left in its wake.

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