Glandular fever forces Remy out of the Pan Pacs
SWIMMING: Noosa assistant coach Graeme Brewer says Coast swimming prospect Remy Fairweather will be kept to light duties while she recovers from a glandular fever complaint that forced her withdrawal from the Pan Pacific Championships.
The 17-year-old freestyle champion was supposed to compete against 400m world champion Katie Ledecky on the Gold Coast this week but was forced to withdraw when she was diagnosed with the disease.
Brewer said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist should make a return by the end of the year but warned rushing her back to the pool could have serious consequences.
"You've got to treat it with a little bit of caution because those kinds of things can lead to chronic fatigue if you don't treat them the right way and you don't give them enough time to recover because their immune system takes a bit of a battering," he said.
"She's only very young and I don't think it's a major issue in her long-term development, but certainly for the next few months or so it's going to be a rebuild."
Missing the Pan Pacs is a major blow for Fairweather, who won a Commonwealth Games gold medal for being part of the 4x200m freestyle team in the heats.
In her pet event, the 400m freestyle, she finished sixth in 4:07.65 after qualifying with a time of 4:06.02, which was the time bronze medallist Bronte Barratt swam in Glasgow.
Men's breaststroke champion Christian Sprenger also withdrew from the Pan Pacs and coach Jacco Verhaeren told media last week that both would be missed.
"Remy is young and will no doubt come back firing next year and with a boost of confidence following her Commonwealth Games experience," he said.
"We want to keep our athletes healthy leading into the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and beyond."
The remaining 41 swimmers, which includes Coast products Melanie Schlanger, Brittany Elmslie and Chelsea Gubecka, went into camp yesterday to prepare for the start of competition on Thursday at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.