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Grip : GRIP September 2011
AMBASSADOR GRIP SUBARU’S new Ambassador, Geoff Huegill, was named the Australian Spor ts Performer of the Year in 2010, and he’s definitely glad it happened back then. It was tough enough to take out the national people’s choice award that year, up against, among other people, world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmour, Olympic and world champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker, and two Vancouver Winter Olympic gold medallists. “With the sports performances that have happened this year – everything from Cadel Evans to Sally Pearson to now, Sam Stosur, I’m glad I’m not in the running this time, that’s for sure,” Huegill laughs. “It was a massive honour. It wasagreatwaytocapoffa big year of sport for me and a journey that had been in play for about 18 months. It was something I am very humbled by.” Most Australians will remember the photos of a very overweight Huegill prior to making his comeback to competitive butterfly swimming, and how he shed a massive 45 kg before winning gold in the 100m and the medley relay at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. At the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai in July, the 32-year-old swam to bronze in the 50m butterfly and silver in the medley relay. “To have the oppor tunity to return to a massive international arena like the world champs was the perfect stepping stone for next year,” Huegill says. “It allowed us the oppor tunity to see where we are at. You know what work needs to be done, you know what part of your preparation worked and the other parts that didn’t work as well.” The 100m butterfly, the event on the London Olympic program, was one that didn’t work out so well, as he made the final but finished in eighth place. “The best part (of Shanghai) was that I was able to put three really good swims together. The unfor tunate part was that obviously my final was nowhere near as good as my heat and my semi. “What I learnt is that to be in the mix for a finals ber th at the Olympics or to come away with a medal ... (I need to focus on) endurance, building up that aerobic background, so hopefully we can pull out three big swims next year.” Huegill is launching his biography, Be your best, at the end of this month, then heads to Europe to race in World Cups. “After Christmas we go on a four week training camp in WA then to the Olympic selection trials in March. “The hardest thing now is to make sure I can have that downtime. With sponsors’ commitments and other bits of work that I have going on I have to realise – and I do realise - that my body doesn’t recover as well as it did 10 years ago, so I’ve got to make sure that I make rest a priority.” That opportunity to take breaks is about to get a little harder for Huegill, because his wife Sara is expecting the couple’s first baby. “If anything it’s going to be a beautiful distraction heading into trials,” he says. “Being an athlete you lead a pretty selfish life . . . to then take on getting married, that’s a pretty big thing for an athlete, then to be able to expand your family is such a beautiful thing, and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.” On the road, Geoff’s Subaru of choice is a Liber ty GT wagon. “I love my new Liberty, it’s got plenty of room for me to throw all my swimming equipment in the back, with the power to match. “I love having options when driving, switching between ‘I’ mode when I’m conserving energy and fuel, to flicking the car into ‘S’ when I need that extra power. The Liberty has all the luxuries anyone could ever ask for.” gEOFF HUEgILL MAkINg A SpLASH AgAIN “I LOVE MY NEW LIBERTY, IT’S GOT PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ME TO THROW ALL MY SWIMMING EQUIPMENT IN THE BACk, WITH THE POwEr TO MATCH.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES NEW PRODUCT - XV NEW PRODUCT - BRZ PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR SALES DEALERSHIP BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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