Olympic stars ponder future
By TANIA PHILLIPS
THEY both took silver medals at the Sydney Olympics but swimmer Josh Watson and track and field star Tatiana Grigorieva have very different approaches to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
The pair, who met up at Tweed Coolangatta Golf Club yesterday to launch the club's charity golf day in late March, will both compete at games trials.
But while the Gold Coast-based Grigorieva is hoping for a berth in the games team, Watson is just going to "have some fun".
Tweed-based Watson said he was currently enjoying his work commitments as a croupier at Jupiters Casino but that did not mean he had turned his back on swimming.
The 28-year-old, who earned silver in Sydney as a member of the men's 4x100m medley relay team, said he was not discounting a serious return to the pool with the Beijing Olympics his focus. Although he will be 31 for Beijing, Watson does not see age as a barrier.
"I think people can swim a lot longer than they do," the backstroker said.
"I am only just starting to get as strong as I should be."
Because he is not competing or training as much as he did, Watson is not receiving the funding from Australian Swimming and he said a trip to the Commonwealth Games would cost him a lot of money. He said he would make a few decisions in the next 18 months about his future in the sport and, while he would not be working as much in the future, any Olympic campaign would depend on getting a coach who could fit in with his schedule and his mindset.
Meanwhile after a season in Europe Grigorieva starts her campaign for a Commonwealth Games spot in earnest this weekend at the Queensland State titles in Brisbane. She said she was training well but would not know how well until she got back into competition.
The talented pole vaulter said she would use this weekend's Queensland meet and a second event in Canberra next week as her lead-in events for the all important Australian Track and Field titles - the main qualifying event for the games.