Pop star Cody Simpson announced on social media that he has qualified for the Olympic Swimming Trials in Australia due to take place next year.
Simpson, a good friend of Justin Bieber and an ex-boyfriend of Miley Cyrus, posted his “personal milestone” on Instagram. The 23-year-old, who was a promising junior swimmer before embarking on a global music career, has returned to the pool in the United States for the past two years under the guidance of the former Olympian Brett Hawke.
Simpson said in his post that he had swum a time of 54.7 seconds for the 100-meter butterfly, below the Olympic qualifying mark of 56.87 seconds.
The news came as a great surprise to most, as Simpson is known around the world as a youthful palpitation.
Simpson began his career as a singer after he was discovered on YouTube in 2009 and has toured the world for the past decade. He was once the most-visited Australian on Twitter and still has a huge following of over 11 million people on social media.
Cody Simpson shared the Olympic news on Instagram
Simpson shared the news on Instagram, writing:
I have just qualified for my first Olympic tests.
I would love to share this personal milestone and let you embark on my current journey as an athlete that I have been relatively reluctant to keep so far. I grew up competing and inevitably had to quit my career as a 13 year old Australian champion when I got a musical opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I’ve had the opportunity to experience and learn so much as a musician, touring the world, releasing albums, performing as a leader on Broadway, publishing poetry, traveling with the United Nations and speaking about environmental and ocean issues and lots more.
For that I will be forever grateful. Now, almost exactly 10 years later, I’m back here. For years the silent fire in my stomach had fueled me when I returned to swimming with the idea that 2020 would be the year I would try to train again. After just 5 months in the water with my incredible trainer @hawkebr, I was able to take a win and secure a place in the Australian Olympic tests next year in the 100 flight. It is my greatest ambition to push the limit and perceived idea of what someone can accomplish in a single life, and I am here to tell you that you can do absolutely ANYTHING if you are willing to work for it . I look forward to seeing where all of this takes me on the long journey! 🇦🇺
The singer received some supportive comments from some of his famous athlete friends.
“Lfg !! Congratulations buddy, “wrote Michael Phelpswho won 28 Olympic medals over the course of his swimming career. Australian Olympic Champion Ian Thorpe also celebrated the news, replying to Phelps’ message with a series of thumbs up emojis.