Jade Lauren Edmistone, an Australian Swimmer, Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker, was born in Brisbane in 1982. At the age of 8, she joined her local swim club, where her natural affinity and love for the water developed.

As a late bloomer, it wasn’t until the age of 16 that Jade started making headway in the sport, but after the tragic loss of a close friend and her resultant battle with depression, she quit at just 18 years of age.

Two years on in 2002, aged 20, Jade set her sights on becoming the fastest women in the world, and returned to the pool once again. With exceptional focus and drive, Jade’s goal was achieved when she broke her first World Record in 2004, becoming the fastest woman ever over the 50m breaststroke. Jade continued her dominance over sprint breaststroke, breaking 5 World Records and winning 3 World Titles between 2004 and 2006, before retiring in 2009.

After a lengthy battle with serious mental health issues since retirement, Jade, a mother of 2 beautiful daughters, had to fight her way back to health as she navigated her difficult transition from elite sport to ‘normality’. Sharing her story in a powerful book, Fish Out Of Water, Jade now continues her passionate involvement with sport as an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, passionate about helping the future generations by sharing her story.

I asked Jade what she would suggest to people wanting to get the best out of themselves and their lives, and she said, ‘be open to anything.’ Then, she went on to tell me her favorite quote, and the thing that most helped her break her free from the medication she was on, and that was, ‘Jump and the net will appear!’ . Enjoy this incredible conversation.

Find out more about Jade on her website.

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