I'm Sofie Frichot and I swim for Seychelles on an International level. I work as a Paramedic around the Mandurah/ Rockingham region in Western Australia.
On days off I love to exercise, but my main focus is my swimming.
This year, my sole focus has been to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the Open Water Marathon (10k) Swimming, which takes a toll on my body.
I swim at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Beatty Park.
I live in Mandurah and will travel 4 days a week to train in Perth.
I've been swimming since I was a teenager and have had many injuries over the year, some of which have made me stop doing what I loved for a few years.
I gently eased my way back into the sport 4 years ago after being inspired by athletes at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
It took a lot of hard work, dedication and self awareness to be able to get back into competition.
During this time, I was recommended to have regular massages to help my muscles recover from my vigorous training schedule.
A few people recommended Pete at Mandurah Sports Massage (at Applied Body Therapeutics), so i thought why not give him a go.
Since the first time I met Pete, it was very apparent that he knew how to manage my muscles and injuries between training sessions, as well as before and after competitions.
This road to the Olympic Trials has not come easy for me and my journey is still very much ongoing.
I've had emergency surgery, as well as disc injury from the Gym and then ongoing muscle spasms from that.
Pete and his staff have been instrumental in keeping my body on track and in the water, moving forward to the penultimate goal of the Olympics.
I have created this Go Fund Me page to help with the ongoing expenses of my journey. Any amount donated is kindly appreciated.