AT CROSSROADS: Olympian Samantha Hamill.
AT CROSSROADS: Olympian Samantha Hamill. BRETT WORTMAN

Samantha Hamill takes on new coach to reignite career

DUAL Olympian Samantha Hamill has left her long-term coach as she looks to reignite a flagging career at the "crossroads".

Hamill, 22, and Peter Gartrell have parted ways after eight years together and the butterfly and individual medley specialist has linked with Vince

Raleigh at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane.

The Coast swimmer's decision to leave Gartrell - whom she first trained with in Melbourne - followed her failure to qualify for the world championships this year.

She is set to being fulltime training under Raleigh after finishing her first-year nursing exams at the Uni

versity of the Sunshine Coast.

"It has been a long time and I think I've come to a point in my swimming

career where I'm kind of at a crossroads where I'm not really improving anymore," she said.

"I may as well give it a go. I'm only young once."

Left without a job this year after departing the Kawana Aquatic Centre, Gartrell is now training at USC.

Hamill said she would have found a new coach regardless.

"Like I said, we've been together eight years and I think he's come to the point as well where we've decided together that that's probably the best thing for me if I want to keep improving," the Commonwealth Games silver medallist said.