Aussie Pop Star Cody Simpson Qualifies For Olympic Swim Trials
You probably remember him as the teenage heartthrob musician who was once described as Australia's answer to Justin Bieber.
Or you might recognise him as the ex-boyfriend of megastars Miley Cyrus and Gigi Hadid.
But nowadays, Cody Simpson is doing something slightly different with his life - and it involves being away from the bright lights of the paparazzi cameras.
It appears the Aussie has decided to trade in the recording studio for a swimming pool.
Incredibly, the 23-year-old has revealed he has successfully qualified for the Olympic Games trials after months of training in secret - an impressive five long months of rigorous training to be exact.
Gold Coast native Simpson will now compete in the Australian Olympic trials for the 100-metre butterfly stroke in a bid to be selected to go Tokyo next year.
He took to social media to share the exciting news.
"I just qualified for my first Olympic trials," he said via Instagram.
"I'd love to share this personal milestone and let you in on my current journey as an athlete that I've kept relatively low key until now.
"Growing up competing, and then 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 so much as a musician from touring in arenas around the world, releasing top 10 albums, playing 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.
"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 my year to have a crack at training again.
"After only five months back in the water training with my incredible coach @hawkebr (Brett Hawke), I was able to take out a win and secure a spot at next years Australian Olympic trials in the 100 fly.
"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!"
2021 is shaping up to be a big year for Simpson.
The Australian Olympic swim trials in Adelaide will take place in June.
And for those swimmers lucky and talented enough to be selected, they won't have too much time to rest with the Tokyo Olympic Games set to begin just one month later in July.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@codysimpson
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