Dean Boxall Believes Shayna Jack, Back From Suspension, Is Out For Revenge


Dean Boxall Believes Shayna Jack, Back From Suspension, Is Out For Revenge

There is no doubt that Dean Boxall is one of the leading names in the coaching world, having guided Ariarne Titmus to titles in the 200-meter freestyle and 400 freestyle at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. More, Boxall is the mentor at St. Peters Western to rising teenage star Mollie O’Callaghan, who earned a pair of relay medals in Tokyo.

As talented as Titmus and O’Callaghan might be, Boxall is also excited to see what Shayna Jack can achieve. Jack was recently cleared to compete following a two-plus-year ordeal following a positive doping test for the banned substance, Ligandrol. Jack was hit with a four-year ban, a penalty that was eventually cut in half, but still left Jack unable to chase a berth to the Tokyo Games.

One of Australia’s premier performers from the 50 freestyle through the 200 freestyle, Jack could provide the Dolphins with a major boost as she returns to competitive action. She will attempt to qualify for next year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and Boxall believes her skill set will be complemented by a desire to prove herself to the world.

“She’s hungrier. She’s a lot more determined,” Boxall told the Sydney Morning Herald. “She’s thick-skinned, she has good body armor on her now. There were just so many delays, but when I spoke with her, it was a different girl at the end of the phone. “She’s certainly better than she was two years ago. How good can she be? I don’t know. We just don’t know. When she was younger, she was just a prodigy. She looked like the real deal. Now we get a wiser, stronger, determined Shayna, a girl that is fearless. She wants some revenge in the pool.”

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