Janelle Pallister, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games and a former Olympian swimmer, is the mother of Lani Pallister, who won three gold medals and broke a world record in just two days.
20-year-old Pallister now rules the pool at the World Short Course Championships in Melbourne after overcoming an eating disorder and heart ailment in 2021. She wins the 400 and 800 metre freestyle events and sets a world record in the 4×200 metre freestyle relay.
Pallister clocked 3:55.04 in the 400m freestyle final beating New Zealander Erika Fairweather (3:56.00) and American Leah Smith (3:59.78).
“My parents are in the stands and to win this first medal in front of my home crowd in Australia is special. I’m happy to get this victory out of the way. I feel much more comfortable on the 800m and 1500m distances,” Pallister said.
“It was a fantastic day and I was very nervous this morning. I just wanted to make sure Australia had a good time tonight…it was the coolest environment.
“In the 300m I realized I had legs and made sure to use them to win the gold medal.
SwimSwam”It wasn’t that long ago that I regarded Katie Ledecky in the same way that I once did with so many other young girls present tonight. She is a wonderful athlete, and I have admired her since I was 12 years old.” Like many others, I rose through the ranks to become a junior employee and have had the good fortune to continue crossing things off my career to-do list.”
It hasn’t always been easy for the young cannon, whose swimming career has been overshadowed by an eating issue that developed after receiving a diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT, an abnormal or elevated heart rate) in 2021 and nearly forcing her to give up swimming forever. Additionally, she has had mononucleosis for the previous two years.
Pallister previously told the media that she became obsessed with comparing herself to other swimmers like Ariarne Titmus and a desire to emulate their body shapes.
Janelle, a 1988 Olympic swimmer and 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medalist who is also her co-coach, used her experience as both an athlete and a mother to get her daughter back in the water.
The former Olympian began her coaching career by accident when she worked as an instructor for her two children in swimming lessons. little piece of sand, she got bigger and bigger ”. In the same interview, the inspiring mom also opened up about her aspirations for her daughter, saying, “I truly believe Lani will be an Olympian one day, whether it’s next year or three years from now [in Paris 2024. “But she has to keep having fun and get the best out of herself. It would be a good story.”