Internationally known pop singer Cody Simpson has continued his remarkable transformation to elite swimmer by qualifying for the Commonwealth Games this year. Simpson recently finished third in the 100m Butterfly at the Australian Swimming Championships.
“That’s a dream come true,” Simpson said after his race. “I had a great swim, so much progress from last year. I’ve just been busting my arse all year so it’s amazing to see results like this pay off. I was hoping to go a little quicker in the race but to scrape through is a real dream. I had no idea it was going to happen at this meet so I’m through the roof.”
Simpson, 25, is a Gold Coast native and has had several hits internationally. He has dated high profile singer Miley Cyrus.
In other Australian Swimming Championships results, Mack Horton finished second in the 400m Freestyle to book his ticket to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games after he missed the chance to defend his Olympic title in Tokyo. Shayna Jack returned to the Australian swimming team after almost three years out of the sport with a controversial drug ban. She swam a personal best time to finish second in the 100m Freestyle behind Mollie O’Callaghan to qualify for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Popular cricketer Andrew Symonds farewelled
Cricket legends and former teammates of Andrew “Roy” Symonds spoke at a public memorial in Townsville, entitled “Celebrating Roy”.
Those who spoke included former test wicketkeepers Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist, former colleague Darren Lehmann, former Queensland Bulls captain Jimmy Maher and English white ball coach and longtime friend Matthew Mott. Renowned Brisbane poet and personal favourite of Symonds, Rupert McCall, recited a poem.
Popular with his teammates, Symonds helped win two world cups for Australia as a crucial middle order batsmen and versatile bowler. He left the game in 2012 and went on to become a member of the Fox Sports cricket commentary team. He was also well known for abruptly stopping a streaker during a match.