Post Olympic update

Rain won't deter_storyPost-Olympics update:
Australia's synchronised swimmers, led by Tarren Otte, came eighth at the London Olympic Games.

If London’s wet summer continues for the duration of the Olympic Games it won’t concern Tarren Otte one iota. The Catholic school teacher will be vying for a medal in synchronised swimming at an indoor venue.

Tarren, 28, is off to her second Olympics after captaining the Australian synchronised swimming team to seventh place at Beijing four years ago. She teaches Year 5 students at Galilee School in South Melbourne but won’t be back in the classroom until mid-August.

Tarren, who began synchronised swimming at age nine, has been involved in the sport for 19 years but gave it away, albeit temporarily, after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. ‘I retired in 2010 but in November last year an opportunity opened up, so I decided to take it up again,’ said Tarren.

‘It’s hard work but rewarding. I train a few hours before school during the week and up to nine hours a day when I’m not at school,’ said Tarren, who is one of nine synchronised swimmers in the Australian squad. ‘We hope to at least equal, if not better, our seventh placing in Beijing.’

Another highlight of the trip, said Tarren, would be the opening and closing ceremonies. ‘The synchronised swimming is one of the last events in the Olympics, so I’ll have time to recover from the opening ceremony which can be quite tiring,’ said Tarren. ‘The atmosphere will be great, I can’t wait.’