LINLEY FRAME - WORLD CHAMPION…AGAIN.
Never ask a woman about her age; that is unless that woman is Linley Frame.
Linley's name has been synonymous with the sport of swimming for a very long time, since first bursting on to the scene way back in 1991, as a 21 year old winning the world title in the 100m breaststroke.
At 42 years young, Frame, a South Melbourne local, is continuing to dominate the world of swimming.
Her story though, isn't just about winning a swimming race.
It's one of resilience, strength of character and continuing to pursue her dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.
A list of achievements that include the Olympics in 1992, Frame was forced into retirement at 25, after a battle with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The medical advice suggested she would never be able to race competitively again.
She forged ahead with life, finding other challenges, including motherhood and when her children were old enough, she slowly re-entered the pool for a little time to herself.
It was never really supposed to be a 'comeback', but as her times improved she started racing again in Masters swimming, a competition for swimmers over 18, for Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club.
Very quickly, she returned to her winning ways firstly in Victoria, then at the Australian Championships and finally, this week she again proved to be the best in the world for her age category.
At the FINA Masters World Swimming Championship in Montreal last week, Frame became a triple World Champion, winning the 50, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events for the 40-44 year age group.
"When I won the World Championships in 1991, I was young and each day was all about me. This time around I have a different perspective, juggling training with family life, my kids are 11 and 13, their activities and my work at Swimming Victoria. This win was so special."
Winning the world crowns in Montreal, adds to the world records she already holds, but more importantly, the wins also reaffirm to Linley, that you are never too old to achieve big things.
"Being here at the World Masters Championships confirms for me that it is really important to make time to do what you love and that you are never too old for dreams and ambition." she said after the wins.