Popstar turned Commonwealth Games medallist Cody Simpson says he has been overwhelmed by support since returning to social media.
Posting on Instagram for the first time since the games started, Simpson said to his 4.6 million followers: “I had remained off social media for the duration of the Commonwealth Games and a few days thereafter, but today I’ve redownloaded it to an overwhelming flood of supportive and congratulatory messages,” he wrote.
“Thank you. For me, the very act of training morning and night followed by the thrill of racing is rewarding enough — but to walk away from my first Games with a gold and silver medal (for my swims in the mens 4x100m free and 4x100m medley relay heats) is something beyond articulation for now.
“I’m honoured to represent Australia and represent all the kids who decide to walk steadfastly in the direction of their dreams.”
Simpson finished fifth in the 100m butterfly final in Birmingham.
Simpson’s relationship with golden girl Emma McKeon was one of the talking points of the Commonwealth Games swim meet.
The couple have headed to Italy have a well-earned break after the Commonwealth Games’ swimming events wrapped up.
MCKEOWN TAKES HER TRADEMARK TO LONDON
Kaylee McKeown has taken her new trademark to the streets of England.
The Commonwealth Games and Olympic gold medallist was snapped by News Corp photographer Michael Klein “flipping the bird” after one of her triumphs in Birmingham.
And it appears the Aussie star has that same cheek out of the water too.
Her sister Taylor, who swam her last meet for Australia last week, posted a picture of Kaylee in a British phone box with her middle finger raised.
She captured the snap: Typical tourist pic done Kaylee style.
Australia’s swimmers have taken to social media in recent days to share their holiday snaps, including glamour couple Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon in Italy.
The McKeons have stayed more local to the games, sharing pictures from their travels around London.
Originally published as Commonwealth Games 2022: Latest Day 9 news, results and medal tally