LOVEBIRDS: Monique Downes and fiance Brant Best.
LOVEBIRDS: Monique Downes and fiance Brant Best. Contributed

A love story born in the water for elite swim pair

AUSTRALIA'S swimming elite will head to Alexandra Headland tomorrow for a love story born in water.

Brant Best, the personal coach to Australia's fastest man in the pool, James Magnussen, will tie the knot in a special ceremony to his former Sunshine Coast sweetheart, Monique Downes.

The couple first met 17 years ago, when Monique was training as an elite synchronised swimmer at a Brisbane swimming pool.

Monique and her family moved from the Coast to Brisbane so she could pursue her swimming career. She won a bronze medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada.

The couple were introduced when Brant, who was coaching swimming at the Chandler pool, used to "get annoyed with the music from the synchronised swimmers".

But 17 years later when the couple met again in Sydney, the music of love must have been in the air.

After dating for about two years, Monique's mother Yvonne said Brant proposed to her daughter on top of Mt Coolum three months ago.

The couple is planning an outdoor wedding at Alex, weather depending, with 70 guests including Magnussen and other Australian swimmers, including Daniel Tranter, Jayden Hadler and Jess Ashwood.

But Brant won't have long to enjoy a honeymoon.

Two days after the wedding, he will head to the Gold Coast for his squad to take part in the Pan Pacific Championships.

Mrs Downes said her daughter would not attend the Pan Pacs, instead spending time at their Mt Coolum home with family.


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