Olympic swimmer Nick Ffrost has found a life away from the rigours of swim training ... at his coffee shop in Yamba with his fiancée Lauren Berger. Photo: Graham Oram
Olympic swimmer Nick Ffrost has found a life away from the rigours of swim training ... at his coffee shop in Yamba with his fiancée Lauren Berger. Photo: Graham Oram

Diving into work

IT'S a long way from the Olympic Games to Yamba but Nick Ffrost thought it was worth the move.

The former Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist has opened the Lane Seven cafe in Coldstream Street.

But the move to Yamba wasn't entirely the result of Mr Ffrost seeking a sea-change.

His fiancée, Lauren Berger - who he met at the Australian Institute of Sport - grew up there.

"We used to come here for holidays and I just fell in love with the place," Mr Ffrost said.

"I developed a love for coffee and wanted to move into that and it just seemed like a perfect fit."

Mr Ffrost grew up in MacKay in North Queensland and ironically said he used to hate swimming.

"It's funny; mum put my brother and I into swimming lessons and two weeks in we pulled the pin - we hated it," he said.

"But the following year we loved it for some reason and kept going and progressed through the age-group levels.

"The 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games was my first national team and we picked up a bronze medal there in the relay.

"Then I went to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and got another medal there."

Mr Ffrost decided to end his swimming career this year after just missing out on a place in the London Olympics team.

"I'm really proud of what I've achieved," he said.

The 26-year-old said the pool was now the furthest thing from his mind.

"I haven't dived into a pool since the day I retired," he said.

"I'm not sure if that's something I've done on purpose or I'm just a little bit too busy.

"We've got a few of the Yamba masters coming down for a coffee and trying to get me down for a swim with them.

"And it's not out of the question; it's definitely something I might get back into."



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