Jade beats cycle in return to pool
THE story of Rockhampton's Jade Langerak is familiar to many of us.
Always heavily involved in sport during the school years before leaving home and being introduced to late nights, fast food and plenty of bar time.
However, Jade has taken the plunge out of this unfit and unhealthy lifestyle.
For almost three months Jade, 23, has been back in swimming training in a bid to regain her health and fitness.
Growing up in Tieri, Jade first hit the pool as a twoyear-old and was always involved in swimming, in her self-described "gangly sea monkey'' days, until retiring at the age of 18.
"I think it was the excitement of finishing school and having to fend for myself ? I had a swimming breakdown, I wasn't getting the results for the work I was putting in.''
After many years away from the pool boredom and drive kicked in.
"I now know I've felt that turnaround.
"I'm sleeping better and I'm more focused at work,'' said Jade, who is also the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club Surf Girl Quest representative.
A former swim coach herself, Jade figured she could get herself back into swimming, but early on she felt like she spent most of her time on the bottom of the pool.
One Friday she noticed Gary Knight coaching two girls at the CQU pool, went up to him and now has a coach pushing her in the right direction.
It is a long road, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
And her advice for others in the same boat: "After each day it will get easier.