Emily Seebohm celebrates winning the final of the women’s 50m backstroke at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre last month.
Emily Seebohm celebrates winning the final of the women’s 50m backstroke at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre last month. Matt Robertsgetty Images

Emily gives herself a ghost of a chance

EMILY Seebohm has managed to get herself out of jail free before the Commonwealth Games which start in July in Glasgow.

Seebohm, who admitted she did not believe in ghosts, rewarded herself after a brilliant national championship meet in March with a trip to the notorious Boggo Rd Gaol in her home town of Brisbane.

It was during a well-deserved week off after finishing top of the pile in both the women's 50m and 100m backstroke events in the Queensland capital.

She will go into the Commonwealth Games high on confidence as a result, and even a little mentally tougher thanks to her ghost-tour experience.

"I don't believe in ghosts, but I went into the tour with an open mind," she told APN.

"Nothing happened which made me change my mind. There weren't any shadows.

"But it did get a little scary when we walked into the cells and there weren't any lights - just the torches we had, and we saw some old drawings on the walls. It can get a little creepy in there at night."

The tour was part of Seebohm's search for balance outside of swimming, after admitting she was too wound up at the London Olympics in 2012.

Her loss to American Missy Franklin in the 100m backstroke final, after going in as the warm favourite, left her inconsolable afterwards.

Hence the more time now spent relaxing away from the pool, including horse rides and show-jumping lessons with her stock-horse Platinum.

"I had a horse in 2008, but it died before the Olympic trials, which was pretty sad," Seebohm said.

"His name is Platinum because of his blonde locks. It's a lot of fun, but he was unfit because I didn't ride him for a while before the recent trials."

Seebohm said she believes her new-found mental fitness will hold her in good stead in Glasgow, after spending too much time on Twitter before her 100m final in London.

"I'm trying to take on more responsibility now, instead of just sitting on the couch and letting Mum do everything for me," she said.

"I'd like to win a double in Glasgow in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

"I feel good at the moment - the way I swam at the nationals was better and faster than how I had performed at that meet in previous years."



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