New Zealand National Record Holder Daniel Bell Announces Retirement from Swimming

New Zealand swimmer Daniel Bell, a Commonwealth Games silver medalist in 2010, has told that he has retired from competitive swimming.

“I’ve retired from swimming. I’m just at home chilling. My sister and two nephews are coming home for a couple of months and it’s a chance to catch up with them,” he told the website on Friday from Havelock North.

Bell also says he’s looking into coaching but that “coaching jobs don’t come up that often.”

The 24-year old swam for New Zealand at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In 2008, he was a relay-only entry, leading off the Kiwis’ 5th-place team (before being photographed hours later passed out in a toilet stall – and later being admitted to an alcohol treatment program).

Bell would continue on in his career to break several New Zealand National Records, of which he retires holding 7.


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