World champion Emily Seebohm is notably absent from Australia’s training camp taking place in Cairns this week, part of a one-month series of team training stints leading up to this summer’s Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The absence comes just days after Seebohm made it public that she and long-time boyfriend, Mitch Larkin, had decided to part ways.
Per Seebohm’s Instagram account over the weekend, the backstroking icon stated, “I would like to take this opportunity before more speculation and rumours are spread. Due to current events that have occurred, Mitch Larkin and I have decided to end our relationship and go our separate ways. As always I appreciate your support and ask for your understanding and privacy on this matter.”
Speculation grew that Seebohm was indeed missing in action this week due to the break-up, but she took to social media once again to explain her not showing up, stating she is staying in Brisbane, as scheduled, in order to tend to her ailing horse, Platinum.
“2 weeks ago I made the decision that it was in my best interest to stay in Brisbane and join the Australian Swim Team later into the staging camp. This decision was due to my horse Platinum needing extensive medical care and needing extra attention at this point in time. This situation also gives me the chance to stay in Brisbane with my coach David Lush and continue my training preparation. As always, I appreciate your support and understanding my privacy in this matter.
Tomorrow Platinum has surgery again to hopefully take away his pain that he has in his shoulder. Unfortunately this is our last resort as I don’t what him to have to live with pain everyday. I have everything crossed for my baby and I pray that you will be pain free soon! ❤️❤️❤️”
Regarding Seebohm’s not appearing in Cairns, Aussie Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren does not believe it will have a significant effect on the multi-Olympian’s performance in Tokyo this summer.
“It is of course always unfortunate if somebody has to miss out on the opportunity to be here and be with her teammates and train together,” Verhaeren told The Courier Mail.
“It is difficult but of course she can train at home as well.”
Regarding the break-up of Swimming Australia’s power couple, Verhaeren said, “Of course, it is never nice to be in this situation but it is part of life. They’re both mature people.
“It’s very unfortunate, very sad but at same time life moves on. They’re very young and I’m sure they will too.”
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