Hackett High As He Pops The Question
01-Aug-2006 Craig Lord
Grant Hackett, the Olympic champion and world record holder over 1,500m freestyle, is engaged to Australian singer Candice Alley.
The swimmer took his 23-year-old wife-to-be on a hot air balloon ride for her birthday on June 23 and presented the performer with a 4.2-carat diamond and platinum ring, according to reports from Australia.
The couple met when the singer performed at the 2004 Aussie Swimmer of the Year Awards. "I thought the balloon ride was a great idea and I was really impressed he'd gone to so much trouble for my birthday. Then, as we descended over a lake, he pulled out the ring and proposed. It was an amazing moment," Miss Alley told Aussie reporters.
Hackett, 26, said the experience was tougher "than swimming for gold".
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