Aussie Cody Simpson Hints At Hanging Up Goggles After Paris 2024

Aussie pop-star-turned-swimming-star Cody Simpson may be reverting back to simply pop star as the 26-year-old hinted his swimming odyssey may soon be coming to an end.

Simpson posted on Instagram this week that ‘there are only eight months left in my swimming journey’, fueling speculation that his bid for a spot on the Australian roster for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games may conclude his swimming career.

“I’ve been doing this every day for over three years now.” Simpson wrote on Instagram. “There are only eight months left in my swimming journey and I believe more content and updates are needed along the way.

“Training is going well. I give what I have to give every day. I’m learning a lot about myself. I love feeling so healthy.”


Simpson was a standout age-group swimmer in Australia, but he gave up the sport to pursue a career in music when he was 13 years old and moved to the United States the following year. He started training again in 2019 and soon qualified for the Australian Olympic Trials in 2021, placing 8th in the 100 fly.

At this year’s Australian Short Course Championships, Simpson captured the men’s 100m fly and 100m free gold medals. Soon after, the Griffith University ace made his first international podium, claiming silver in the 100m fly while competing at the Athens stop of the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup.

Looking ahead to the next year’s Australian Olympic Trials, Simpson will most likely be competing in the 100m fly and the 100m free individually, with the latter giving him a shot at a coveted slot on the men’s 4x100m free relay.

He raced as a prelims member of that relay at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where he registered a split of 48.86. His flat start lifetime best in the 100m free is 48.99 from Athens.

At the 2020 Olympic Trials in Australia, it took a time of 49.16 to make it into the men’s 100m free final and 49.12 to place 6th.

Men’s 100m Freestyle Final Result at 2021 Australian Olympic Trials

  1. Kyle Chalmers – 47.59
  2. Matt Temple – 48.32
  3. Cameron McEvoy – 48.49
  4. Zac Incerti – 48.51
  5. Alex Graham – 48.65
  6. James Roberts – 49.12
  7. Jack Cartwright – 49.20
  8. Clyde Lewis – 49.24

As for the 100m fly, Simpson owns a career-quickest time of 51.78 from the 2022 Queensland Championships. That would have placed 3rd at the Aussie Olympic Trials where Simpson placed 8th in 52.94.

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Nick the biased Aussie
3 months ago

He could go to Doha worlds

Reply to  Nick the biased Aussie
3 months ago

He doesnt have a phase 1 time, not sure about phase 2 either. Possibly. Temple is going, so only 1 spot in 100 fly, between about 5 guys

Reply to  Skip
3 months ago

Only one with the QT in either phase is Temple. Did he confirm he’s going??

3 months ago

I doubt he will make it. And thats a great thing.

3 months ago

Hopefully someone who’s continuing with the sport gets the spots.

Just Keep Swimming
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

I would be happy for him to make the team. Based on current times I don’t think he will though.

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

That makes 0 sense. Did you cheer against Phelps in 2016 trials?

Pieter H
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

So you’re saying Cate Campbell shouldn’t get the spot for Paris even if she qualifies?

Or Phelps shouldn’t have been given spot for Rio after he qualified?

Or Maya Dirado shouldn’t have been given spot for Rio after she qualified?




Makes zero sense.

People who qualify should get the spot regardless their personal plan

Last edited 3 months ago by Pieter H
Reply to  Pieter H
3 months ago

Where did I say he should be denied a spot if he qualifies?

Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

I can’t see simpson getting a spot. He’s gotta be 1st or 2nd and under the time. Outside chance for 2nd 100 fly spot. Maybe, on a really great day.

3 months ago

Is that surprising? I thought that’s always been the plan…

3 months ago

If he gets 6th in 100 free at trials will he make the team?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

only the top 4 from trials are guarunteed a spot. alternates are picked if they are fast enough to justify resting a second swimmer. otherwise australia runs the risking of missing the final. Since 2015 when that did happen, australia has only brought an alternate (in the m4x100) to 3 major championships – in 2016, 2021 and 2023. in all cases, only one swimmer was rested. right now he’s over a second slower than the 3rd ranked swimmer (cartwright) so he’d need to do a big pb to make his case.

he’ll have his work cut out to just make the final, since he’s ranked 10th in australia this year. apart from the top 8, you have 19 yo andrea… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
3 months ago

The Aussie men’s 100m free field will be very competitive, from 2023 you’ve got.
47 low – Chalmers
47 high – Southam, Cartwright
48 low – Guiliani
48 mid – Taylor, Incerti, Yang
48 high – Temple, Andrea, Simpson

Then add in:
Young guns coming through: Somerville, Cooper, Jack, Hawke.
Old heads to watch out for: McEvoy, Graham.

Southerly Buster
3 months ago

He has hinted at this before. I expect that Emma McKeon, his partner, will also retire after Paris.

Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Southerly Buster
3 months ago

I’d hope Emma (and Cody) can at least go through to the World Cups and Short Course Worlds in 2024.

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