19/04/2024

Swimmer Brenden Hall is in line to compete in his fourth Paralympic Games at Tokyo. (Image: Swimming Australia.)

Paralympic swimmer Brenden Hall says the rocky lead-up to Tokyo 2020 won’t deter him as he focuses on preparing for his fourth Games.

A rocky 2020 won’t deter gold medal-winning freestyle swimmer Brenden Hall as he prepares to compete at his fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Speaking to The Inner Sanctum, Hall said that while 2020 was a tough year, he was able to find ways out of the pool to keep preparing for the Games.

“For a swimmer, [three months is] a long time out of the water,” he said.

“That’s the longest I’ve been out of the water in my career, but I just found myself finding different ways to keep fit, active and healthy.

“I kind of substituted swimming with everything else in life… and kept busy.”

Hall has no shortage of experience on the biggest stage, having won three Paralympic gold medals, a silver and two bronze, featuring prominently at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games.

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And while the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 games has certainly been different, Hall says he’s prepared for the key race-day difference – the lack of a crowd. 

“Coming through the Paralympic ranks, you go to a couple of World Championships, or PanPacs here and there, you’re not always having that massive crowd environment,” he explained. 

“You’re kind of used to just getting up and getting the job done regardless of the environment you’re in.”

Even despite this significant change, Hall said the sense of anticipation for the games will stay the same.

“I think everyone’s got to be ready to be pretty adaptable [with] those expectations,” he said.

“You know it’s not going to be as big a hype as what it has been in previous games that we’ve been to.

“With that being said… I’m looking forward to seeing how Tokyo manages to put on a fantastic games.”

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