“Horse whisperer of swimming”, as they often call him.
Lauren Boyle’s success in the pool over the past two years has come as no surprise to renowned American swimming coach Milton Nelms.
For the past 12 years, Nelms, who resides in Tasmania, has visited Christchurch’s AquaGym Swim Club, which is owned by good friend and former Kiwi swimmer Brett Naylor. […]
At the age of 26, Boyle is a late bloomer when it comes to international swimming.
Nelms said it was “not typical” for a swimmer to be in the best form of their career at her age. He believed that spoke volumes about Boyle’s strong-willed demeanour.
“I think it’s unheard of for somebody to make a move to the international level at her age in her events. I don’t recall it ever having been done before.”
The exciting news for New Zealand swimming is Nelms is confident she has the potential to cut down her times.
“She can still get faster,” he said. “She’s had a number of coaches, but she manages to find the upside in all those different environments and pull herself together.