Former Olympian joins Tannum police
TEN years ago Angela Kennedy was celebrating a silver medal in the medley relay at the Atlanta Olympics with Susie O'Neill, Samantha Riley, Sarah Ryan and Nicole Stevenson. Now she is Angela Woodward, a policewoman at Boyne-Tannum. Despite her swimming success, Angela's talent nearly remained untapped. "I remember I hated swimming because there were toads in the pool," she said. However, she soon found a love for swimming. At age 12 she began 10 swimming sessions a week and by age 16 her skill in short course and butterfly was clear. In 1995, Angela set the 50m world butterfly short course record. In 1996, she pipped Petria Thomas for a spot on the team 4x100 medley relay and swam butterfly in the heats to help the team qualify for the finals. Susie O'Neil swam the butterfly in the final and the team gained silver. In the lead up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Angela knew her heart was no longer in swimming. Today, Anglea has swapped the black line of the pool for the blue line of the law and trained to become a police officer. She met her husband Glenn, a police officer stationed at Gladstone with whom she moved to the region at the end of last year with their two-year-old son.