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Jess Schipper's "Olympic" Baby

Nov 6, 2012

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Australia: Jessicah Schipper, former world butterfly champion and record holder and Olympic medallist, is expecting happy news in April next year, the date when she is destined to become a mum. Counting back, Schipper, 25, told a magazine in Australia that she had done the maths back to London 2012: "It's crazy to think I got pregnant during the Olympic Games and that I've already passed the three-month mark! I'm nervous and excited all at once - April can't come soon enough." Husband and dad-to-be is Brett Gillan, 24. "It happened in the second week, after the swimming was over and before the closing ceremony, and that Olympic connection will be special in our family. It's going to be a fun story I can tell my little son or daughter one day," the swimmer tells the women's magazine. Her first post-swimming goal is set: "If I can be everything my own mum is to me - a great role model and someone I love and respect - I'll be happy. I couldn't ask any more for my own baby."

Portugal: Eight swimmers from Portugal have been selected to represent their country at the European Short-Course Championships in Chartres, France, from November 22-25. Women: Ana Pinho Rodrigues; Victoria Kaminskaya. Men: Alexis Santos; Carlos Almeida; Diogo Carvalho; Duarte Mourão; Pedro Oliveira; Simão Morgado. José Manuel Borges, Alexandre Dias, Carlos Cruchinho, Élio Terrível and Joana Miranda will serve as team staff.

Spain: Anna Tarrés, the former Spanish synchronised swimming head coach accused of verbally abusing her charges, says the "attack on her" by her former charges was an "attack" on the whole sport. No fewer than 17 former team members signed a letter accusing the coach of "inhumane" coaching methods. Tarrés lamented that events had tarnished the image of her sport. Next Monday she will attend court in an action against the Spanish swimming federation and its president, Fernando Carpena, for unfair dismissal. Depending on how that case goes, the former head coach may then sue the 15 swimmers who signed the letter complaining of how they were treated, according to lawyers representing Tarrés. But in an initial court submission the coach puts the blame for events on the Spanish federation and not the 17 swimmers whose letter led to her downfall. She told media: "I think it's a letter that has been orchestrated from the Federation. I'm calling denouncing him (Carpena) only because I consider him responsible for what has happened." Asked about the letter of complaint signed by the swimmers she added: "No, I do not identify with what is said in the letter."