Olympian makes a splash

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pen­rhos Col­lege stu­dents screamed for joy when Olympic gold medal­list Cate Camp­bell sur­prised them at the school’s swim­ming car­ni­val.

OLYMPIC gold medal­list Cate Camp­bell was the sur­prise guest at Pen­rhos Col­lege’s swim­ming car­ni­val on Fri­day.

The visit was made pos­si­ble af­ter sis­ters Ta­nee­sha and Tiarna Ber­gin won a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion at IGA to have Camp­bell at the school.

De­spite rainy con­di­tions, the stu­dents and fac­ulty went crazy as Camp­bell swam and spoke at the school.

Camp­bell said it was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to re­turn to a grass­roots event.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a school swim­ming car­ni­val but it re­minded me about why I got into swim­ming in the first place,” she said.

“The plan for the day was to race the staff and some of the stu­dents, which I thought would go down as the race of my ca­reer.

“I then chat­ted with the stu­dents about my ca­reer. It’s amaz­ing that I’m about a decade older than them; I some­times feel like a lit­tle kid.”

Camp­bell said she was back in train­ing only six weeks af­ter the Rio Olympics last year.

“We’ve got the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast in April next year so I’m back in train­ing, it never re­ally stops,” she said.

Ta­nee­sha said it was ex­cit­ing to have Camp­bell at the school for the swim­ming car­ni­val.

“I didn’t ex­pect it t hap­pen; it’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and very sur­real,” she said.

Cate Camp­bell with Pen­rhos stu­dents

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