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Olympic swimmer Libby Trickett recounts the moment her children almost drowned

Olympic swimmer Libby Trickett recounts the terrifying moment her children almost drowned after slipping into the pool: ‘It happened so quickly’


Libby Trickett has opened up about the ‘really scary’ moment her children almost drowned.

The former Olympic swimmer, 34, told Nine Honey, how she and husband Luke had a terrifying experience after their daughter Bronte, two, slipped into the pool.

‘We have had moments where we have been sitting poolside and they have slipped under the water so quickly and silently,’ Libby said.

‘It happened so quickly’: Olympic swimmer Libby Trickett (pictured) has recounted the terrifying moment her children almost drowned

‘The first incident took place just before Bronte was born… I must have turned my head and all a sudden she was under the water and I did not hear it at all.’

Libby’s daughter Bronte was also involved in another scary incident where she slipped under the water on Boxing Day.

‘We were not distracted. We were being really responsible, sitting right there, but yet we didn’t see or hear anything,’ she said.

Terrifying: The former Olympic swimmer told Nine Honey, how she and husband Luke had a terrifying experience after their daughter Bronte, two, slipped into the pool

Terrifying: The former Olympic swimmer told Nine Honey, how she and husband Luke had a terrifying experience after their daughter Bronte, two, slipped into the pool

Libby and her husband Luke also share daughters Poppy, 6, and Edwina – known as Eddie, three.

Libby, who was once the fastest female swimmer in the world, was forced to give up on her swimming career at just 28 due to injury.

She wrote about her struggle during her memoir, Beneath The Surface, admitting the future was ‘dark’ at the time, but she has since moved on to become a devoted mother, TV personality and author.

'The incident took place just before Bronte was born... I must have turned my head and all a sudden she was under the water and I did not hear it at all,' she said

‘The incident took place just before Bronte was born… I must have turned my head and all a sudden she was under the water and I did not hear it at all,’ she said

Last year, Libby reflected on her history with postnatal depression following the birth of her daughter Bronte. 

The 34-year-old told The Daily Telegraph that life changes can be ‘quite daunting’. 

‘I think whenever you have such a change in your life, it can be always quite daunting,’ she said.

‘Especially for me, knowing that I’ve had a history of postnatal depression, and it’s certainly something we are acutely aware of.’

Family: Libby and her husband Luke also share daughters Poppy, 6, and Edwina - known as Eddie, three

Family: Libby and her husband Luke also share daughters Poppy, 6, and Edwina – known as Eddie, three 

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