Cameron van der Burgh To Retire After 2020 Olympics

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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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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