Ian Thorpe: A few of my favourite things

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One of Australia’s most prolific sportsmen, Ian Thorpe, 29, recently returned to competitive swimming after a five year break, and has his sights set on the London 2012 Olympics. Already a five-time Olympic champion, Thorpe is a Blackmores brand ambassador across Asia.

Blackmores knows that good health and wellbeing are vital for athletes like Thorpe. Training schedules put huge demands on athletes’ bodies, making the right nutrition and supplementation critical.

From work to play, and everything in between, the legendary swimmer shared a few of his favourite things with us:

Blackmores Omega Daily: “Health plays a huge role in helping me manage the challenges of competitive swimming,” Thorpe says. “I’m a firm believer in taking quality supplements to meet nutritional needs which can’t be achieved through diet alone. Blackmores Omega Daily should be on the top of everyone’s list when it comes to favourite things, because it’s a great source of omega 3 fatty acids.”


The iRobot: a small robot that can get into those hard-to-reach places to clean up to 97 per cent of common household bacteria.

The swim sponge: Ian’s own invention – perfect for resistance training – is a collection of sponges on a bungee cord that can be strapped to the body to create a significant amount of drag when used in water.

His cookbook, Ian Thorpe: Cook for your life: Thorpe loves to cook, but has learnt that he can’t just eat anything and achieve the elite level success he has become known for. His cookbook shares recipes that keep him trim and healthy as well as his philosophy on diet, gathered from experts on nutrition over all of his years of elite sporting success. “If you’re trying to lose weight – it’s all in the kitchen. If you want to do it in the gym, you’ll be spending an awful lot of time there!” Ian Thorpe: Cook for your life is available from all good bookstores and in ebook format for ipad from the itunes bookstore.

Siri on iPhone 4S: the app lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. You can ask Siri to do things and Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.

Ian loves ...

His charity: Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, supporting education and health programs that are bringing positive changes to the lives of Indigenous children in remote communities in Australia. To find out more go to