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Cody Simpson says he doesn’t want to be ‘pigeonholed’ as he chases his Olympic dreams

Cody Simpson discusses balancing being a musician and an elite swimmer as he chases his Olympic dreams

Cody Simpson is well on his way to achieving his dreams of Olympic glory.

And on Saturday, the 24-year-old, who hails from Queensland’s Gold Coast, spoke to The Daily Telegraph about balancing music with being an elite swimmer.

‘I don’t’ want to be pigeonholed,’ he said of being both an artist and an athlete.

Why not both? Cody Simpson discussed balancing being a musician and an elite swimmer as he chases his Olympic dreams. ‘I don’t’ want to be pigeonholed,’ he said of being both an artist and an athlete

He also revealed the importance of ‘compartmentalising’ his life when balancing both his music and athletic careers.

‘It’s important, I guess, in life to compartmentalise and have periods where you can sort of give the effort to different thing and different goals and ambitions that you may have,’ he said.

The On My Mind singer told the publication that he had initially wanted to be a swimmer in his 20s, and then become a musician – but said the planned had in fact gone the other way around.

Striking a balance: He also revealed the importance of 'compartmentalising' his life when balancing both his music and athletic careers

Striking a balance: He also revealed the importance of ‘compartmentalising’ his life when balancing both his music and athletic careers

Success: He said, 'It's important, I guess, in life to compartmentalise and have periods where you can sort of give the effort to different thing and different goals and ambitions that you may have'

Success: He said, ‘It’s important, I guess, in life to compartmentalise and have periods where you can sort of give the effort to different thing and different goals and ambitions that you may have’

Cody, who made his official return to the pool last year, has shown an impressive performance in the water which he is proud of.

He said: ‘The fact that I’m already kind of up there and racing is good fun and I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be.’ 

This comes after his mother Angie admitted to the the Courier Mail that she was against Cody returning to swimming at first, but it was his ‘burning desire’ for the sport that changed her mind. 

Comeback kid: Cody, who made his official return to the pool last year, has shown an impressive performance in the water which he is proud of. He said: 'The fact that I'm already kind of up there and racing is good fun and I'm ahead of where I thought I'd be'

Comeback kid: Cody, who made his official return to the pool last year, has shown an impressive performance in the water which he is proud of. He said: ‘The fact that I’m already kind of up there and racing is good fun and I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be’

She said she had told him: ‘Look at all you’ve done, all you’ve achieved, you’ve been on Broadway, you’ve done this, you’ve done that and you want to swap it for that solitude, for that hard-core work you’ll have to put in, the hours up and down the pool?”

Cody then made his case to his mum and explained that he had unfinished business in the pool.

According to Angie, he said: ‘It’s about seeing something through that I never finished, and it’s about having a crack. I want to give it a red hot go, and if it goes nowhere, fair enough, but if I don’t do it now I’ll never do it.’ 

Supportive: His mother Angie recently admitted that she was against Cody returning to swimming at first, but it was his 'burning desire' for the sport that changed her mind

Supportive: His mother Angie recently admitted that she was against Cody returning to swimming at first, but it was his ‘burning desire’ for the sport that changed her mind

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