A run of unfortunate injuries has put the career of 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs Champion Belinda Hocking in doubt, according to comments she made to Australia’s Herald Sun this week.
First, she earned some second-degree burns on three fingers as a result of a studying accident. Candles in room caught her clothes on fire, and after she thought that she had put the fire out, she discovered that a spot on her stomach was still hot enough to reignite and melt the clothing material to her fingers.
Upon returning to the pool, she dislocated her knee. Shortly thereafter, she rear-ended a truck at 50 km/hr (30 mi/hr), and hit her head on the steering wheel of her car.
“When I crashed the car it scared me, I just needed to take some time off to rest and recover,” Hocking said to the Herald Sun. “I just need to rejuvenate myself and be ready to come back and swim fast.”
She stopped short of calling it a full retirement, and that she may swim on to a Gold-Coast-hosted 2018 Commonwealth Games, but for now is going to focus on other work options that could set her up for the long-term, like event management, PR, and primary education.
The two-time Olympian Hocking finished 2014 as the #1-ranked 200 long course meter backstroker in the world by more than a second. She won silver medals in the 200 back at both the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, and in total has 9 career medals from major international meets (World Championships, Pan Pacs, and Commonwealth Games).