Well, the time has come – the Water Babies series is drawing to a close – a bit later than I had anticipated, but what a ride it has been! I hope that you’ve gotten some helpful tips about keeping your bubs safe around the water, as well as found some helpful products that can also build their confidence (and yours!!) around the water.
I promised to close the series with a BANG! and here is my surprise to you – I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Olympic Swimmer, Libby Trickett! One of the most down-to-earth, lovely ladies I’ve ever spoken to, we instantly connected over our lives as mothers. Libby is as passionate as myself and the rest of the businesses involved in this series about promoting water safety with families, so I asked her to share a bit about her story of motherhood as well as how she promotes water safety with her daughter, Poppy. Enjoy the interview, and make sure you keep reading for my second surprise at the end!!
Hi Libby! Thank you for joining us for the end of the Water Babies mini-series. It is such a pleasure to be able to chat with you today and learn more about your role as a mother, as well as your thoughts on water safety! To start off with, could you tell us a bit about you and your family?
I am the youngest of 4 children and grew up in Townsville. My parents divorced when I was 10 and then we moved to Brisbane!
I married my husband Luke in 2007 and we welcomed our little baby girl, Poppy in August 2015!
What does an average week look like in your household?
If you could let me know what our average week looks like that would be great! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending which way you look at it), we don’t really have an ‘average’ week. My husband runs his own business and that can make his days very long and I’ve just recently taken on a new role with the radio station, Triple M in Brisbane, so I have a completely new routine to get used to.
I’m hoping my new week involves me exercising more in the mornings before I head into the studio at 1pm as well as doing a few work emails and taking Poppy on our morning walks with our 3 dogs.
What’s something about you that others might not know?
I love the TV shows, Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley! Can’t wait for the new seasons to come out!!
How has your life changed since becoming a mum?
It’s completely changed everything!! I probably didn’t think it would change it as much as it has but it has made me completely re-prioritise what is important, not only for Poppy but for me and for us as a family unit!
What have been some of the highlights and challenges you’ve faced in motherhood?
There is something so magical in watching a little person develop. I never knew I could love someone as much as I adore Poppy even though she can be a complete punish sometimes and you can’t believe all the things you have to do for these little beings but you keep pushing and you keep on going because you adore them so and also, eventually you want them to be proud of you.
It’s been a huge adjustment to motherhood as what I used to do as a swimmer was incredibly ‘selfish’. I could do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and I was working towards ‘my’ goals. That obviously changes when you have your baby but you don’t immediately change. I believe it takes time to become a mother, you must grow into the role and sometimes it doesn’t come naturally..
How did you know that you wanted to be a swimmer? Did you go through swimming lessons from an early age?
I learnt to swim when I was 1 and joined my first club when I was 4. Growing up in Townsville, you just always wanted to be in and around water as it’s so hot up there. So it was vital that I learn to swim at a very young age.
All I knew was that I loved being in the water. It also became obvious at a young age that I was incredibly competitive and constantly wanted to go faster and faster.
As an Olympic Swimmer, you’re obviously very comfortable around the water (unlike me!). How has this had an impact on how you’ve introduced Poppy to the water?
I wanted to introduce Poppy to the water early to ensure that she is comfortable around it. Water safety was our first priority but it was also really important to me that she has a very healthy respect for the water, both pool and ocean, but also gets a great joy from the water too.
Both my husband and I absolutely love spending time in water still so we really wanted to share that love with our daughter.
What do you think is the most important thing for parents to know about having their children around water?
Supervision is always key. There’s nothing that can really replace that, even if you have very competent and confident little swimmers.
Learning to swim is the other really important part of that equation, even if your little one isn’t going to become a future Olympian, they absolutely need to be able to get themselves out of trouble, so I would advise parents to find a great Learn to Swim centre and check out australianswimschools.org.au for more information about water safety.
What tips or advice would you give to parents who are looking to introduce their child to water?
Keep it fun! Let kids get a joy from being in the water and don’t take it too seriously. Get in and enjoy it with them and if you are feeling out of your depth (badum tish) maybe get some lessons for yourself before starting lessons for your bub.
The Ultimate Water Safety Giveaway – CLOSED!
To celebrate the end of the Water Babies Mini-Series, to thank you all for following along and to further promote water safety with your children and family, I have partnered with some incredible businesses and individuals to give one lucky winner the ULTIMATE WATER SAFETY PACK!
Included in this pack is:
- 1x Swimwear pack (‘Circus’ themed) valued at $100 from Rashoodz Swimwear;
- 2x Tickets to a Family First Aid course at your nearest location valued at $60 from Wonderwoman Children;
- 1x Float Suit (‘Zebra’ OR ‘Racing’ themed) valued at $49.95 from My Water Bubs;
- 1x copy of ‘Sink or Swim’, an amazing water safety and swimming lesson guide for parents valued at $9.95 written by Joy Symons;
- 2x Swim caps valued at $8.00 from AUSTSWIM;
- 1x Swim Sports bag valued at $28.50 from Smelly Bag;
- 1x pair of Speedo goggles (ages 2-6) valued at $14.95 donated by Mumma Morrison.
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