Cate Campbell Will Compete In 2017, But Not In Budapest

2017 NSW STATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

In a bid to potentially stretch her career out to a 4th Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Australian speedster Cate Campbell has announced she will be opting out selection for this summer’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Although she plans on continuing to compete throughout the year, both at the Mare Nostrum in Europe, as well as the World Cup Series in the fall, Campbell believes she needs to focus on her end game goal, which is staying healthy for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and, at least for now, beyond.

While competing at the NSW State Open Championships this weekend in Sydney, Campbell told The Australian, “I’m in no way taking a year off. I’m not retiring, I’m not thinking about retiring, I’m just not making myself available for selection.

“I’m taking a long-term approach and focusing on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and then looking forward to 2020. So this year isn’t about being the best, it’s about being my best. I’m taking a bit of a mental health year.

“I’m just making sure I get my body right and my mind right because I do want to continue through to 2018, and at the moment, 2020,’’ she said.

“I’ve battled injuries pretty much my whole career and my injuries aren’t just an issue in the swimming pool. I wake up a couple of times every night because I’m sore from my neck and it carries over into day-to-day life.” (The Australian)

In addition to having revealed post-Rio that she was suffering from a hernia during the Games for which she underwent surgery in October, Campbell also suffers from an ongoing neck injury. The 24-year-old has performed well thus far in Sydney, taking the women’s 100m freestyle in a mark of 53.15 to snag the top time in the world this season.

With the Australian National Championships (Worlds selection meet) just one month away, Campbell is just one of several Aussie swimmers to have opted out of being selected for the 2017 World Championships team. 2016 Olympians Tamsin Cook and 2-time World Champion James Magnussen have both said they will not be vying for a Budapest roster spot, while Belinda Hocking announced retirement and Madison Groves will be training overseas and will also not be competing at the championships.

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Ervin
4 years ago

WOAH

Pvdh
4 years ago

This is exactly why Australians fall apart at the big meets recently. Everything has to be in perfect condition for them to swim their best.

50free
4 years ago

I still don’t understand why? If you’re going to be competing why not try out for Budapest? I

G.I.N.A
Reply to  50free
4 years ago

Because she doesn’t want to .

Cate
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Because she’s afraid to. Her reasoning makes no sense. If you want to be the best you put it on the line on the biggest stages and the most stressful conditions. ie Worlds

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Cate
4 years ago

No . Swimming in Australia is not compulsory .I’ve just been looking out the door & thinking I should hop down to the ocean pool & swim 1500 in the rain . But I don’t have to .
Cate is exactly the same .She can do what she wants & it is not up to you to declare she is afraid . Even if she were it is none of your business.

Jeff
Reply to  G.I.N.A
3 years ago

Still need to represent your country, especially her, as one of the top swimmers from Aussie! Commonwealth versus Worlds…come on…nuff said!

Joe
4 years ago

This basically says, “I’m fine and good to go, but I don’t want to risk a failure again so close after the Olympics”. When most other athletes probably would be super excited to get revenge asap. Some pretty strange reasoning. Focusing on Commonwealths? Gimme a break.

Dee
4 years ago

Best of luck – But I can’t help but think the Aussies are making the mistakes Britain made for years… Wrapping athletes in cotton wool… The only thing that sets US swimmers apart is their ability to swim fast in circumstances less than ideal.

Dee
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Edit:

With Maggie, Groves & Cook also skipping worlds, might this also be about the home commonwealth games? It’s April 2018… So at the time of year Aussies swim their fastest 😉

commonwombat
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

I completely agree with you re the “wrapping them up in cotton wool” line. Its an attitude of all too many coaches which has in turn flowed on to the swimmers. There CAN be a problem with over-racing and burn-out …… along with over-training but this comparative lack of racing has led to inferior race skills on the part of all too many leading AUS swimmers over many years.

I certainly think that that, given their perennial physical fragility, care needs to be taken with both C1 & C2 but ditching Worlds just doesn’t sound smart unless there is some core health reason. You’re going to need to face your demons at some point.

To be brutally frank, the meet… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

While I agree RE the events that *should* be prioritised – I feel the chance to bash the Brits in Australia is too big a temptation for many Australians haha… I fully expect Commonwealths in Australia to be the big target for most Aussies.

As for Britain, double taper will work – Our trials are April so our athletes *should* be fine to target both meets. The Aussies really should be looking to taper for both too!

commonwombat
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

If that IS the mentality of AUS swimmers, coaches and officialdom in general, then may whatever deity have mercy upon their souls because the hard real world will have none !! AUS can no longer make any serious claims to being World no2; they are just a strong “second division” team with certain niche strengths.

Swimming AUS really DOES need to make it clear whether they are going to roll-out their amended competitions calendar/later Trials in 2018 or not. If they’re going to bite that bullet then do so and make it clear what THEY see as the priority. At the moment, this remains unclear but if they are to roll-out said calendar in 2018 then Toytowns will need to… Read more »

SPF
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Could not agree more. Can Swimming Australia please release the details for the trials in 2018? How long will they take to work out the logistics?

Surely coaches and the swimmers need to know sometime soon this year, so they can plan accordingly for the next cycle, for those intending to go around for 2020 Tokyo.

As for the ongoing, never ending discussion into Cate’s plans for 2017. She invited the scrutiny with all her public statements. She should expect there to be commentary and discussion about this decision and whether this is actually the right course of action. I like her, and wish her well, and well it’s her life, her choice, I respect that. Putting aside whether this… Read more »

E Gamble
4 years ago

It sounds like she is trying to discover her passion for swimming again like Missy. 2020 is a long ways off. She needs to follow her own instincts and and do it her way.

Prickle
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

If rediscovering the passion for swimming is what is going on with Cate Campbell I hope it won’t end up just with writing books about circumstances of her birth. Cate Campbell, Sarah Sjostrom and Katie Ledecky are the Titans of women competitive swimming. Missy Franklin is not even close to such greatness.

Iceage Swimmer
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

I think you forgot Katinka.

E Gamble
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

How many gold medals does Cate Campbell have as compared to Missy Franklin? Missy has 5 Olympic gold . Two are individual and three are from relays. Cate Campbell has zero individual gold and only two relay. Missy has one existing world record and so does Cate. I don’t even think Cate Campbell. herself would agree with you.

Pvdh
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Care cambell is nothing compared to Ledecky and Sjostrom. and Sjostrom doesn’t belong in that level with ledecky either. Its hosszu and ledecky. T

Prickle
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Dear PVDH. You and I are valuing different aspects of women competitive swimming and our definition of greatness can be different. Sarah Sjostrom will take all sprint medals both in freestyle and butterfly in coming WC. Her versatility from 50 through 400 at freestyle is of Ledecky’s level done from the other end of spectrum.
Cate Campbell does only 50 and 100 freestyle. But being better than anybody else’s personal bests by 0.5 – 0.7 sec is something very unique. And we are talking about personal bests of swimmers who are elite swimmers by all measures.
I’m not a fan of IM competition considering it very artificial and unnatural exercise. It maybe the reason why competition at this… Read more »

Swimgeekgirl
4 years ago

I have to agree with the other commentators. While I understand the injury risk, I don’t see how not going to the World Championships but continuing to swim will lower the risk. I would think that training instead of racing for a week would actually be worse for an injury.

In terms of mentally, I think Campbell should maybe take a Hosszu approach. I read somewhere that the reason Hosszu does so many events in competition is partly because she believes that it would take the pressure off having to perform well on the big day. It clearly had the results Hosszu wanted at the Rio Games. While Campbell probably doesn’t have to do as many competitions as Hosszu,… Read more »

Prickle
Reply to  Swimgeekgirl
4 years ago

The comparing Cate Campbell with Hosszu is the same as comparing high performance racing car that requires racing treck with the 4WD SUV running cross-country. I see no problem if Cate Campbell needs special conditions to amaze us with outstanding results.
We find nothing strange in our demand to have properly designed racing pool. We require high quality of water of the exact temperature. Etc, etc, etc. We want racing conditions to be perfect, because we want great results.
If we want Cate Campbell to break another high-tech suit record let her choose the time and venue. She is the only sprinter who can do it and there is nobody on horizon so far who can achieve what… Read more »

Tiziana
4 years ago

That Madeline Groves would miss the worlds completely mystifies me. Is she injured? Regardless of reason, missing the worlds puts the swimmer at a disadvantage when it comes to future events when they may need to perform as mentioned here in less than ideal conditions.

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