On the heels of multi-Olympic medalist Cate Campbell of Australia revealing she is not pursuing a 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, she has reaffirmed her commitment to pursue a spot on the roster for Paris 2024.
29-year-old Campbell has enjoyed a much-awaited break from both hardcore training and competition since claiming bronze in the 100m freestyle last summer at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“When I got back from Tokyo, it wasn’t clear to me that I was done with swimming. I wanted to take my time and I spoke to a few retired athletes, just around this idea of ‘when do you know’. People say you just know when it’s the right time to give it away… and I didn’t feel like I had that sense of knowing,” Campbell told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.
“I knew I needed a really big break physically and mentally. I wasn’t disappointed or heartbroken like 2016 but I was very much burned out. It had been a struggle to get to Toyko.
“I think I was just plagued with the ‘what could have been?’. The struggle of the extra year hampered me and it probably took away a bit of the joy of swimming. I just don’t feel like I’m ready to close the chapter but it’s not something I want to dive back into right away.”
“Paris is now the ultimate goal,” Campbell said.
In August of 2021, she said that the next edition of the Summer Olympic Games was indeed in her sights, but her continuing with the same message months later is a further sign the freestyle ace is about to get down to business.
And C1 will have a unique approach heading into the next 2+ years, opting to take a swimming tour of sorts of Europe in order to change up her environment in and out of the pool.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Campbell and her partner will embark on a six-month trip around Europe, something she believes will rejuvenate and rekindle her passion for swimming.’
A tour abroad is not unique to Campbell, as 2016 Olympic medalist Daiya Seto recently completed his multi-stop experiment in the United States, making the rounds from Georgia to Michigan to Arizona.
Although C1’s itinerary has not yet been revealed, it’s not a stretch to consider her spending at least some of the time training alongside fellow sprint ace Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. The pair synced up in 2017 for a collaborative stint both in Australia and in Europe.