UNCLE TOBYS Ambassador since 2009
|Full Name:||Cate Natalie Campbell|
|D.O.B:||20th May 1992|
|Nickname:||Bear – because I sleep a lot!|
|Where did you grow up:||Born in Malawi, but moved to Brisbane when I was 9|
|Family Members||Younger sister Bronte (18), Jessica (16) Hamish (14) and Abigail (11)|
|Coach Name:||Simon Cusack|
|Key Swimming Events:||50m Freestyle
|Favourite UNCLE TOBYS Food:||UNCLE TOBYS Microwave Popcorn|
2012 London Olympic Games:
1 x GOLD medal
Semi Finalist – 50m Freestyle
2008 Beijing Olympic Games:
2 x Bronze medals
- Two Commonwealth records in the 50m Freestyle; one in 2007, the other in 2008.
- Bronze in 50m freestyle at 2009 World Championships.
A Day in the Life
The alarm goes off at 4:30am; at 4:31am I’m out of bed and finding clothes in the dark. Morning training is from from 5-7am. After training it’s a big bowl of UNCLE TOBYS Oats for breakfast often followed by a sleep until about 9am. Then I get on with the rest of my day, which alternates between either physio or massage appointments, a Pilates session or helping out at my disabled brother’s school. Then it’s back to the pool by 4:30 pm ready for another session from 5-7pm.
- Drink lots during training, just because you’re in water doesn’t mean that you don’t sweat.
- Go to bed early; sleep is society’s most under-rated commodity.
- Make sure you get on well with your squad mates and are enjoying training. Otherwise you won’t be giving in 100%.
London Olympic Events
50m Freestyle, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and (hopefully) 4×100 medley relay.
Training Preparation For London Olympics
In the lead up to London, I am averaging eight swim session, three gym sessions and one Pilates session a week. In addition, our squad is going on two 2-week training camps, one up at the Sunshine Coast and the other up in Townsville. These camps are great because there are no outside distractions, meaning that all you have to focus on is training and recovering. Our coach particularly loves them because he gets to work us extra hard. Apart from the two camps and one other small competition in Canberra, the rest of my preparation will take place in Brisbane.
Which event/race are you most looking forward to taking part in this Olympics?
The girls 4x100m freestyle relay.
Which race that you are not swimming in is your favourite to watch?
The men’s 100m freestyle.
Besides swimming what other events at the Olympics do you love to watch?
The diving, gymnastics, athletics and synchronised swimming
Which team or individuals do you need to watch out for?
The girl’s 4x100m relay needs to watch out for the Netherlands, who won this event in 2008. I personally need to watch out for Ranomi Kromowidjojo from the Netherlands as she has the fastest 50m and 10mm freestyle times this year….and of course my little sister, Bronte.
How did you get into your sport and how old were you?
I started training in a squad when I was 9 because my family had just moved from Malawi and I wanted to meet new people.
What’s the best and worst thing about your sport?
The worst thing about swimming is the early mornings and the best thing is the feeling of elation once you have achieved a goal.
What’s your secret weapon?
My secret weapon is protein. Most people eat between 40-70 grams of protein per day; I try and have between 120-140 grams per day. This means a lot of eggs, tuna and protein shakes.
What’s the worst injury you’ve had?
I have torn the cartilage in my right hip twice.
What’s your most embarrassing sporting moment?
Diving in for a 50m freestyle and my goggles fell off and got caught around my mouth creating what Simon calls “a rubber moustache.”
What are the four most important things to do if you want to win?
Work hard, dream big, make sacrifices and enjoy the ride.
What’s the best advice your coach or fellow athletes have given you?
My coach always says before each race “good luck and I’ll see you at the other end.”
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met and who would you love to meet?
I have met Prince Phillip and Princes Mary of Denmark but I would love to meet J.K. Rowling.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I used to have a pet pig.