Australian pop star Cody Simpson has made the surprising announcement that he has qualified for Olympic trials for the Australian swimming team.
The 23-year-old artist shared the news on his Instagram yesterday (December 13), revealing his “current journey as an athlete that I’ve kept relatively low key until now”.
Simpson explained how he had previously sacrificed his aptitude for swimming for his music career – “inevitably having to cut my career short as 13-year-old Australian champion when I was given an opportunity in music that I couldn’t refuse”.
“I have had the chance to experience and learn so much as a musician from touring around the world, releasing albums, performing as a leading man on Broadway, publishing a work of poetry, travelling with and speaking at the United Nations on environmental and oceanic matters and much more,” Simpson said.
“For this, I will be forever grateful. Now almost exactly 10 years later, here I am once more. For years I had been fuelled by the silent fire in my stomach of returning to my first love, the sport of swimming, with the idea that 2020 would be the year I’d try training again.”
Simpson continued, writing that he had only returned to training five months ago. Under the guidance of former Aussie Olympian Brett Hawke, he has qualified for a spot in next year’s 100-metre butterfly trials for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“It is my greatest ambition to expand the limit and perceived notion of what’s possible for a man to achieve in a single lifetime, and I’m here to tell you can do absolutely ANYTHING if you are willing to work for it. I’m looking forward to seeing where this all takes me on the long road ahead!” he said.
An article in sports publication Swimming World Magazine from October first revealed Simpson was training under Hawke, though it went unreported in mainstream media at the time. They said Simpson had been training in the Los Angeles area, competing in periodic private swimming meets.
Last year, Simpson won the first season of reality show The Masked Singer Australia. His last studio album ‘Free’ was released in 2015; a new record is expected in 2021.