Fab plunge for Sophie
By Hugh Kearney
Sophie Edington demands a lot from her swimmers ? speed, comfort, style and?.?.?. no ugly tan lines!
The Kingscliff backstroker who helped the Aussie girls to a world record for the 4x100 medley relay in the 2004 Short Course titles has branched out into the fashion world of designer swimwear.
Sophie has become the Australian agent for a line of swimwear for pool and beach, designed by Brazilian Olympic swimmer Fabiola Molina.
Sophie first met Fabiola in Brazil at the World Cup meet in 2001 and the pair hit it off. Sophie was impressed by Fabiola's own brand of trendy training swimmers, bright little Brazilian numbers compared to her own stodgy gear.
"I bought a pair and found them really comfortable to train in," Sophie said. "The narrow straps didn't give me that typical tan circle on my back you get from normal training swimmers from spending hours in the pool ever day," she said.
"It looks terrible when you go to the beach and all the girls hate it."
The pair met again at a European meet where Fabiola was selling her swimwear and Sophie ordered more of the fab gear. Fabiola suggested Sophie may like to be her Aussie agent and the deal was done.
So now when she attends swim meets, Sophie sells the range of Fab Swimwear which includes one- and two-piece training costumes, plus a range of seven groovy beach styles, and even cossies for the boys.
Sophie said the togs have been a hit so far, with the girls and the boys.
"Everyone loves the colours and styles, and just how comfortable they are," she said.
She said she hopes the venture will give her some muchneeded income to support herself while she follows her swimming career.
Now, Sophie, just how Brazilian do Fabiola's designs get?
"They do like them brief in Brazil, but let me say there is a range of?.?.?.um ?.?.?sizes to suit all types."