1 Aug 2017

Lauren Boyle steps away from the pool

8:06 am on 1 August 2017

New Zealand's five-time World Championship medallist and Commonwealth Games Champion Lauren Boyle has announced her retirement from swimming.

Lauren Boyle warms up before the women's 800m freestyle heat.

Lauren Boyle Photo: AFP

Boyle won two silver medals at the 2015 World Championships, is a Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and a three-time Olympian.

Boyle has decided to retire after a hip injury last year that eventually led to major surgery in May.

She had been selected for the New Zealand team for last week's World Championships in Budapest but was forced to withdraw due to hampered training efforts.

As a result her swimming career wrapped up with her racing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she was not at her best.

New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle.

New Zealand swimmer Lauren Boyle. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"I've been in swimming for so many years it has been my life," said Boyle.

"I am grateful to have been able to achieve what I have. It ends in the wake of this injury trouble and rehab setbacks that tell me I can't get back."

"I'm leaving with no regrets."

The 29-year-old leaves behind a legacy in the sport that includes a remarkable 14 medals at major international meets.

No other New Zealand swimmer has won five World Championship medals.

Her haul includes a World Championship Short Course title, four Commonwealth Games medals including gold in the 800m freestyle and three Pan Pacific Championship medals.

In 2014 she set the 1500m freestyle short course world record.

Lauren Boyle

Lauren Boyle Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"I want to thank all those who have supported me in their various roles through my career, my passion for swimming is still strong and I hope to have a continuing role in the sport," said Boyle.

Her former coach Dennis Cotterell said Boyle's longevity and continued success are the hallmarks of a true champion.

"She was an athlete who was prepared to do all it takes, and more, in and out of the pool, to give herself the best chance of success.

"In her events - the toughest - there could be no success if you weren't incredibly tough and prepared."