Open water swimmer Payne relocates to Scotland returns to pool in bid to make Glasgow 2014

Saturday, 27 October 2012
By Tom Degun

Keri-Anne-PayneOctober 27 - Britain's double open water swimming world champion Keri-Anne Payne has relocated to Edinburgh and decided to return to the pool in a bid to make the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 24-year-old South African born swimmer has moved to Scotland following her marriage husband David Carry as he starts a new career with Red Sky Management after retiring from competitive swimming.

Payne was one of the favourites for Olympic gold in the open water swimming event at London 2012 after a silver at Beijing 2008 but finished an agonising fourth.

As there is no open water swimming event at the Commonwealth Games, Payne admits that she is now looking to the pool and most likely the 400 metres individual medley event where she won bronze at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"There is no open water in 2014, which puts a bit of a spanner in the works for me because that's my main event and my main focus," Payne told BBC Sport.

"So I'll try for the pool and see how it goes.

"I'm quite keen on individual medley again after having a two-year break from that."

Meanwhile, the move to Scotland means that Payne must leave her long-term base at Stockport Metro.

KeriannePayneKeri-Anne Payne finished an agonising fourth in the open water event at the London 2012 Olympics

"I have moved to Edinburgh to be with David," she said.

"His new career is the most important thing for us right now and the time is right for a change.

"It's the start of a new Olympic training cycle and the start of a new stage in our lives as a married couple so it is the right decision.

"That said it was a hard decision to make, I've trained at Stockport Metro for over nine years and the club has done a huge amount for me throughout my career."

Payne is currently undergoing trials with Warrender Baths and University of Edinburgh and despite the switch to the pool, is likely to return to open water swimming for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Contact the writer of this story at tom.degun@insidethegames.biz
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