Cate Campbell

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Cate Campbell
Kazan 2015 - Victory Ceremony Campbell sisters 100m freestyle.JPG
Cate Campbell (left) and her sister Bronte at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships
Personal information
Full name Cate Natalie Campbell
National team  Australia
Born (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 25)
Blantyre, Malawi
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Commercial
Coach Simon Cusack[1]

Cate Natalie Campbell, OAM (born 20 May 1992) is an Australian competitive swimmer, and a current multiple world record holder, who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the current world record holder in the Long Course 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay with Team Australia and the short course 100 m freestyle.

She is coached by Simon Cusack at the Commercial Swimming Club.

Early Life[edit]

Campbell is the first of five children born to Eric (an accountant) and Jenny (a nurse) Campbell, who are both South African.[2] She has four younger siblings (three sisters and one brother): Bronte, Jessica, Hamish, and Abigail. Her brother Hamish has severe cerebral palsy and requires around-the-clock care.[3][4]

Jenny used to be a synchronized swimmer and taught her four daughters to swim,[5] in the pool at the family's home. Campbell also recalls swimming near hippopotami in Lake Malawi as a small child.[6] It was in this lake that her father, Eric, would go sailing on weekends.[7] Campbell and her siblings were homeschooled as children.[8] Her mother also frequently read the Bible to her, while she was growing up.[9] The Campbells lived in a big house, with no TV. They had many pets, including turkeys, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and chickens. Campbell describes every morning like "an Easter egg hunt; the chickens would lay eggs all around the house."[10]

During her schooling, Campbell states she could not sing or dance, but swimming was something in which she excelled. She also stated she received top marks for public speaking at school. Aside from those, she claims she was an "average student".[11]

The Campbells moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and it was soon after this that Campbell took up competitive swimming. She completed her secondary school studies at Kenmore State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. Her sister Bronte is also an Olympic swimmer and the pair competed in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[12]

In 2007, she went to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and won two gold medals in the 50 metre individual freestyle and 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay. She followed this up in 2008 with a victory in the 50 metre freestyle at the Japan Open, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and setting new Australian and Commonwealth records with her time of 24.48 seconds.

Career[edit]

2008 Olympics[edit]

Campbell was the fastest qualifier into the 50 metre freestyle semi-finals, after recording a time of 24.20 seconds. This placed her in Lane 4 in the semi-finals against the world record holder Libby Trickett. In the second semi-final Campbell placed second in a time of 24.42 seconds, placing her in Lane 5 for the final. In the final, she placed third in a time of 24.17. She also won bronze as part of Australia's women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay team.

2009 World Championship[edit]

Despite doing a time trial of 53.40 seconds, with her 100-metre performance of 56.39 from 5 months earlier in March and having hip problems, she was scratched from the women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle. However, she still earned the right to swim the 50 metre freestyle from her runner-up swim at the world championships trials. In Rome she finished with a bronze, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and ending 0.02 of a second off the Commonwealth Record.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Campbell was a member of the Australian team that won the gold medal in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[13] In the women's 50 metre freestyle she and her sister Bronte swam in the same heat, finishing third and second respectively, and qualifying for the semi-final in tenth and ninth place respectively.[14]

2013[edit]

At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won gold in both the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events, qualifying for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the World Championships, she teamed up with her sister Bronte, Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 of a second behind the American team.[15] On the sixth day of competition, Campbell won the 100 metre freestyle world title with a time of 52.34 seconds.[16] Campbell finished ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and defending Olympic champion, Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

2015[edit]

At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she won gold in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, beating the Dutch and US teams by a comfortable lead.[17] On the 100 metre freestyle event she finished third, behind Bronte Campbell and Sarah Sjöström.[18] At the 2015 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships in Sydney, she broke the short course 100 metre freestyle world record in a time of 50.91, becoming the first woman to go under 51 seconds.

2016[edit]

At the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships she won the 100 metre freestyle to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She broke the Australian record in the 50 metre freestyle in the semifinals with a time of 23.93, which was the fastest time ever in a textile swimsuit.[19] She went on to win the final and qualify for the Olympics in the 50 metre freestyle, improving her time to 23.84.[20] In addition, Campbell also qualified for the Olympic team in both the 4 × 100 m freestyle (winning Gold in a new World Record time) & 4 × 100 m medley relays.[21] At the 2016 Australian Grand Prix meet, she broke the long course 100 metre freestyle world record in a time of 52.06. This was 0.01 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Britta Steffen during the super suit era.

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics Campbell won a gold medal as a member of the Australian women's 4 × 100 m freestyle team. The team, which included Campbell's sister Bronte, set a world record time of 3:30.65. This was followed by a silver medal as a member of the women's 4 × 100 m medley team. In the Olympic final of the 100 m freestyle, Campbell was the favorite, however after leading at the first turn, she faded big time finished 6th in 53.24, despite breaking the Olympic record in the heats and semifinals with times of 52.78 and 52.71, respectively. She narrowly missed a medal in the 50 m freestyle final, finishing 5th.[22]

2017[edit]

At the 2017 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships she broke the 100 metre freestyle world record in a time of 50.25, improving the previous mark by 0.33 seconds[23].

Personal Life[edit]

Campbell is a Christian. In 2010 and 2011, she came down with glandular fever and was unable to compete. She realized she could not base her identity on her swimming career, as it always has inconstancies. Instead, she believed she needed to rely on God for her "strength and love".[24] She attends a local Baptist church in Brisbane.[25]

In 2015, Campbell opened up about her struggles with body image. She confessed that pressure from TV and magazine models made her want to be skinny, however it reached the point where she was getting sick. She read a chapter in Michael Phelps' book Beneath the Surface, where the line "skinny swimmers aren't good swimmers" stuck out in her head. Her mother encouraged her to see a dietitian, and now believes "the sum of your worth is so much more than what you look like".[26]

Since 2011, Campbell has been studying a degree in Mass Communication at Queensland University of Technology.[27] She has stated that she wants to pursue a career that combines her interest in the media industry with her love of sport, when she retires.[28] She is a member of the QUT Elite Athlete program.[29]

Until December 2016, Campbell lived with her sister Bronte. As of 2017, they are no longer housemates.[30] She subsequently bought a house in Morningside, Queensland.[31]

Personal bests[edit]

Long course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.84[20] (NR) 2016-04-14 Adelaide, Australia
100 m freestyle 52.06[32] (NR) 2016-07-02 Brisbane, Australia
Short course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 23.19 (CR) 2013-11-10 Tokyo, Japan
100 m freestyle 50.25 (WR) 2017-10-26 Adelaide, Australia

Notes: WR = world record, NR = national record

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lord, Craig (November 26, 2015). "Emily Seebohm Riding Golden wave To Rio With A 1:59 Australian 200 Back S/C Record". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Campbell: Top Of The World". Inside Sport. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Sister act set to rock Glasgow pool". Fox Sports. 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Subscribe to The Daily Telegraph". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Sport on Saturdays: Meet Cate Campbell, Olympic swimmer". Mamamia. 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Who are... Cate and Bronte Campbell". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  7. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (2014-03-29). "Swimming stars find inspiration close to home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Who are... Cate and Bronte Campbell". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  9. ^ "Bronte and Cate Campbell talk about life in and out of pool". ZwemZa. 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Double trouble: Swim sisters". 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  11. ^ Cooke, Richard (2014-07-12). "Making a splash: Cate Campbell, 22, swimmer". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Campbell Sisters to swim in London". 
  13. ^ Women's 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay, London2012.com
  14. ^ Women's 50 m Freestyle: Heats, London2012.com
  15. ^ "Final results of Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships" (PDF). Omega Timing. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=00010D020101001502FFFFFFFFFFFF02
  17. ^ Final results
  18. ^ Final results
  19. ^ Lord, Craig (April 13, 2016). "Cate Campbell Breaks World Textile Tie With Fran Halsall With 23.93 CR Dash Mark". Swimvortex. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Keith, Braden (April 14, 2016). "Cate Campbell Swims 23.84 in Final, Moves to #2 All-Time". Swimswam. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  22. ^ Pentony, Luke (August 12, 2016). "Rio 2016: Cate Campbell misses Olympic medal in stunning upset in 100 metres freestyle final". ABC Online. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Cate Campbell Takes Back 100 Free SCM World Record at Australian Championships". Swimming World Magazine. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  24. ^ "Resilient swimmer". challengenews.org. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  25. ^ "Sibling rivals in the pool". Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  26. ^ "Campbell dives into body image debate". Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  27. ^ "News". QUT. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  28. ^ "Swimming Australia - Athlete Profiles". www.swimming.org.au. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  29. ^ "QUT celebrates our Rio athletes". QUT. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  30. ^ "Cate Campbell buying a Brisbane house - realestate.com.au". realestate.com.au. 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  31. ^ "For love, not money, swimming champ Cate Campbell makes next property move". Domain. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-06-12. 
  32. ^ Robert Gibbs (2 July 2016). "Cate Campbell Breaks 100 Free World Record By .01 Seconds". swimswam.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Britta Steffen
Women's 100-metre freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

2 July 2016 – 23 July 2017
Succeeded by
Sarah Sjöström
Preceded by
Libby Trickett
Sarah Sjöström
Women's 100-metre freestyle
world record-holder (short course)

28 November 2015 – 3 August 2017
26 October 2017 – present
Succeeded by
Sarah Sjöström
Incumbent
Preceded by
Florent Manaudou, Jérémy Stravius, Mélanie Henique, Anna Santamans
Mixed 4 × 50 metres freestyle relay world record-holder
10 November 2013 – 14 December 2013
With: Regan Leong (10 November to 10 November), Tommaso D'Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Bronte Campbell
Succeeded by
Sergey Fesikov, Vladimir Morozov, Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Veronika Popova
Awards
Preceded by
Ye Shiwen
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2013, 2014
Succeeded by
Emily Seebohm