Cameron van der Burgh To Retire After 2020 Olympics

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 15: Cameron van den Burgh during the finals session on day 6 of the SA National Aquatic Championships and Olympic Trials on April 15 , 2016 at the Kings Park Aquatic Center pool in Durban, South Africa. Photo Credit / Anesh Debiky/Swim SA
Cameron van der Burgh. Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky/Swimming South Africa

Cameron van der Burgh is planning to retire following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The South African swimming star, who just took a bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games, revealed his plans on the Friday Profile show with Azania Mosaka on 702, a radio station based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and what he has planned for the future.

“Being 32 at the next Olympic Games I think I would like to call it a day. I have had a very wonderful career,” van der Burgh told the station. “I have had a rather fortuitous career. I think that I would rather end on my own terms and end up as best as I can. I have a lot of other dreams and other aspirations in my life. I owe so much to swimming but I don’t want that to be what defines the rest of my life.”

He is preparing for life out of the water, something that is a tough adjustment to many swimmers, especially those who have been swimming since they were young children.

“I am proactively doing a lot of things and I am just a big advocate for swimmers to always prepare for life after sport,” he told the station.

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