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Thursday 29 September 2016

'Nasty things in Rio waters won't stop me', says Annalise

Annalise Murphy said fretting over the water quality is an unnecessary worry Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Annalise Murphy said fretting over the water quality is an unnecessary worry Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Even though she has seen some "nasty things" in the waters off Rio de Janeiro, sailor Annalise Murphy is not going to let it get in the way of her Olympic dreams.

Annalise, from Rathfarnham, is only two weeks away from her first sailing event in this summer's games.

After narrowly missing out on a medal in London in 2012, she has upped her game and is calm about the conditions in Rio.

Sick

"The water quality isn't ideal but it's fine," she said. "I've been there nine times and I've never been sick.

"It's something you have to deal with. The organisers are definitely making an effort to try and clean up the area.

"I found a chair in the water when I was out there in December and I picked it up and put it on my boat and sat on it, and I was like, 'It looks like I'm having a tea party'.

"There have been times where I've seen some nasty things in the water. I don't let it affect me. It's an unnecessary worry."

Annalise was speaking at the announcement of Team Ireland's six Olympic sailing athletes yesterday.

A first-timer on the squad is Saskia Tidey, from Glenageary, the daughter of supermarket boss Don, who was kidnapped by the IRA in 1983.

"He's a very strong person who has always encouraged me to do whatever I believed in doing," said Saskia.

"I'm so proud to go to the Olympics for him to see me.

"He's a very keen sportsman. He's 81 and still running around and very active. That, to me, is a massive motivation."

Saskia's parents went to Rio with her a few weeks ago to see the venue, but will be watching the Olympics at home in Dublin.

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