So much of Aussie swim star Bronte Campbell’s life is lived in the water that it’s a mystery how she hasn’t grown fins and gills.
The reimagined Tokyo Olympics are approaching, and so you’ll find the 26-year-old champion spending hours training in the morning, then again in the afternoon, pumping out lap after lap at speeds that would make a regular human sink to the bottom with exhaustion.
That’s before you even add in all the other competitions. The Australian Swimming Trials, for example, are in Adelaide June 12 to 17, and you can watch them on Amazon Prime Video, and Bronte will be there to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics team.
More training, more laps, more swimming. On and on it goes. And after all that, you’ll never guess what she does when she’s having a tough day and needs to unwind. Yep, she hits the water.
“There may not be science behind this but I swear there is no day that is so bad that an ocean swim at the end of the day can’t fix it,” Bronte says.
“I live near the beach when I’m in Sydney and I try get down there every evening for a quick dose of saltwater remedy.”
The Olympic gold-medal winner and world champion knows plenty about dedication to her craft.
Few sports can be so all-encompassing, and as solitary, as swimming, especially in the lead-up to a big event. Relay events aside, this is a sport of individual excellence, and individual sacrifice.
So win, lose or draw in Tokyo, the end of the Games — likely her last — will be a cause for celebration for Bronte.
“I’m looking forward to the few months post Olympics where I will have time to see all the important people in my life who I’ve been too busy to see. I’ll also finally have time to go explore Australia a bit, take a holiday and get away from my normal routine.”
BRONTE CAMPBELL ON …
A good morning starts the night before
“Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to get the most out of my day. I used to struggle with sleep a bit, so I have a pretty strict bedtime routine. I get off technology a couple of hours before bed, make sure I don’t have alcohol within five hours of sleep, or coffee past 3pm. Then I leave my phone in another room, read a book for 15 minutes, and do a meditation or relaxation exercise.”
“I meditate most days and do yoga a few times a week. Outside of that, I find that putting time into my hobbies, like my indoor plants and my pottery, is the best way for me to slow down and feel settled in myself.”
My life motto
“A Rudyard Kipling poem has a line ‘If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same’. For me, that means not letting the result colour the process or negate the preparation. It means I have to be happy with what I’ve done before I swim a race, and not worry about how other people treat me after.”
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