Hip injury ends Boyle's swimming career
Swimmer Lauren Boyle has called time on an international career which has included three Olympics, Commonwealth Games gold and double world championship silver.
1 August 2017
New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle has been forced into retirement by a troublesome hip injury.
She leaves the sport as a one of New Zealand's all-time best, winning two silvers at the 2015 world championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold and silver, as well as being a three-time Olympian.
She suffered a hip injury in 2016 that eventually led to major surgery in May this year. Although she was selected for last week's world championships, Boyle didn't recover as hoped and was forced to withdraw.
"I've been in swimming for so many years it has been my life," she said.
"I am grateful to have been able to achieve what I have. It ends in the wake of this injury trouble and rehab setbacks that tell me I can't get back."
The 29-year-old won five world championship medals, more than any New Zealand swimmer, in a career which netted 14 medals at major international meets.
She won a world championship short course title, four Commonwealth Games medals including gold in the 800m freestyle, and in 2014 set a world short course record in the 1500m freestyle.
Boyle began her swimming career on a scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated from the Haas School of Business in 2011.
She moved back to New Zealand to train under former national coach Mark Regan, improving rapidly to finish fourth in the 800m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics.
Boyle's progression as the leading Kiwi swimmer of her generation was confirmed when she won three medals at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.
Her last top-level outing came at last year's Rio Olympics, where she placed 14th of 32 in the 400m freestyle and ninth of 30 in the 800m, after an injury-disrupted build-up.
Boyle said she was grateful for the help she'd received over the years, and hoped to be able to give something back to swimming.
"My passion for swimming is still strong and I hope to have a continuing role in the sport."
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