Payne calls time on illustrious career
One of Britain’s longest serving swimmers and Olympic medallist Keri-anne Payne has called time on her illustrious career. Payne made her senior international debut at the European Short Course Championships in 2004 and went from strength-to-strength in a competitive career that has spanned more than 12 years.
Her many accolades include a 10km Marathon Swimming silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and she was twice FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Champion in 2011 and 2013. Payne will now turn her focus to her new business venture Triscape, started with husband and former Olympic swimmer David Carry, promoting healthy and active lifestyles for all.
“The sport of swimming has given me life-defining experiences, helped me find joy in taking on incredible challenges and created friendships that have enriched my life,” Payne said.
“The decision to retire from competitive swimming has been made easy as I continue to chase and fuel my passion, inspiring people to share my love of open water.
“I've loved being part of the huge transformation in open water swimming. In 2008 I had to explain what my event was, four years later I walked out in front of 30,000 fans for my race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. That was my proudest sporting moment.
“I’m so grateful to all of the incredible coaches and support teams who have been part of my 18-year career. A massive thank you must also go to my family who have provided non-stop support, guidance and encouragement to chase my dreams of becoming an Olympian and World Champion.”
Red Sky Management CEO Rowen Shepherd commented, “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Keri-anne in recent years on planning her transition for life after sport. Keri-anne and David are now living their dream and we look forward to following their next chapter.”