Daughter of Olympic Medalist Tells Ellen DeGeneres Swimming Is Boring

Australian Olympian Justin Norris, who won an Olympic bronze medal in the 200 fly at the 2000 Sydney Games, has always loved swimming. His daughter Sabre Norris, an 11-year-old surfer and skateboarder, doesn’t have quite as much enthusiasm for the sport.

Norris has tried to encourage his daughter to pursue swimming in some ways. Sabre says she had to do a “gnarly list” of chores if she wants to go to surfing competitions, but won’t have to do any chores if she wants to swim. She drew a big laugh from the audience when she said her dad wants her to be a swimmer, but that she hates swimming and “swimming sucks.” She goes on to explain that swimming is just watching a line on the bottom of the pool, and that it’s just not fun.

Her swimmer genetics show through when she starts talking about food, however, for which she has a seemingly insatiable appetite. Sabre recently competed in a high-level surfing competition, and wanted to spend all of her prize money on donuts. When she found out her favorite donut shop was awarding her with free donuts, she talks about spending her money on a giant Hershey’s kiss she found when she made the trip to the U.S.

Check out the video of Sabre Norris’ hilarious interview on The Ellen Show below.

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All she does is surfing and skateboarding, her dad just wants her to be involved in a sport


Skateboarding takes surprising athleticism. A friend of mine was a hardcore skater growing up and had a 30″ vertical leap. You never know how it might transfer later on.


I was a swimmer growing up and I had a 48 inch vertical


Both surfing and skating require lots of athleticism and strength. Especially surfing.

Steve Nolan

Doughnut Time is legit. I was in Melbourne for a week last year and I think I went to the one there 10 times.


Ohhhh Melbourne is made for eating, love ittt


The Norrises are a unique family . I used to sit behind them at Homebush at NSW champs to share the fun .

Lane four

I want to be a part of that family.


My great nephews are also champion grommets ( kid surfers) around Newcastle so I hear about Biggy Norris Sabres young brother .. He is also on INSTAGRAM biggynorris – a kid with something to say .& more.

Lane Four

I loved it when she said she gave part of her prize money to her siblings. She has a big heart in many ways. What a doll.

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