Commonwealth Games gold medalist Cody Simpson has thanked his millions of Instagram followers after the pop star turned swimmer realized his dream of representing his country.
Simpson, who retired from swimming at age 13 to pursue his music dream, completed his incredible return to the sport by diving into the pool last week when he made his international debut.
The musical artist sang at Buckingham Palace and took part in the Queen’s Baton Relay in 2017, a year after a Commonwealth Games on Australian soil.
But now Simpson has a gold and silver medal to show for his impressive Games debut in Birmingham, which also shows how far he’s come.
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“I hadn’t been on social media during the Commonwealth Games and for a few days afterwards, but today I downloaded it again to an overwhelming stream of support and congratulations,” Simpson captioned his story.
“Thank you. For me, the morning and evening training, followed by the thrill of racing, is already worth it – but to walk away from my first Olympics with a gold and silver medal (for my swimming competitions in the men’s 4x100m free and 4x100m medley relay heats) is slightly out of articulation for now.
“I am honored to represent Australia and represent all the children who have decided to walk steadfastly towards their dreams.”
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Simpson achieved world-class swimming status as part of the men’s team 4×100-meter freestyle relay, which won a gold medal with a time of 3:11.12.
The 25-year-old was also part of the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team that took a silver medal.
In the individual event, the Queenslander just missed a medal in the 100m butterfly final after finishing fifth.
Before the Games, Simpson used social media to express his pride in receiving his tracksuit and equipment after arriving at the athlete’s village.
“Opening the green and gold Australian tracksuit and equipment for the first time when entering the Games Village,” he wrote last month.
“I didn’t quite foresee how much it would affect me right now. I am proud to represent Australia in the pool for the first time here at the Commonwealth Games.
“See you on the other side.”