Cody Simpson shares throwback footage from his performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as he prepares to represent Australia in Birmingham next week
Cody Simpson has shared some sentimental throwbacks ahead of his big Commonwealth Games debut next week.
The 25-year-old popstar-turned-competitive swimmer posted a video of his performance at Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Elizabeth in March, 2017.
The gig was part of the official launch of the Commonwealth Games, which were held on the Gold Coast in April, 2018.
Cody Simpson performing at the launch of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in London in 2017 – the pop star turned competitive swimmer shared the story to his social media on Thursday as he prepares to compete in next week’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Showing how far he’s come, Cody was seen singing Peter Allen’s iconic I Still Call Australia Home.
He then re-called how he had participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Games.
‘Before the last Commonwealth Games 4 years ago, I sang ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ for the Queen at Buckingham Palace,’ he wrote in the post.
Sounding philosophical, Cody added: ‘…Next week I’ll be swimming for Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Games. Life.’
Cody shared this photo of him shaking hands with the Queen in 2017
The heartthrob including a picture of him shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II in the story.
Another photo showed Cody holding the baton at the start of the Queen’s Baton Relay and posing with British cyclist Victoria Pendleton and Australian cyclist Anna Meares.
Cody also included a photo of his swimming trunks and official yellow Commonwealth Games bathing cap, branded ‘Simpson’.
Cody and Victoria Pendleton (L) and Anna Meares (R) at the Queen’s Baton Relay in London, part of the official launch of the Commonwealth Games in 2017
Cody recently revealed he had to get used to his new career as a swimmer.
He told The Project in May the shift from touring the world and clubbing with A-listers took some adjustment.
‘The lifestyle change for me has been polarising. It’s been a drastic change from where I came from to what I’m doing now,’ he said.
Cody reflects on how far he has come in the four years since the last games
‘But I did grow up in the sport and grew up with a swimming family. And parents are both were competitive swimmers. So I was sort of born into it and did it for years growing up.
‘And then when I went to the States and had the last 10 years in music doing, having the crazy sort of life. I really enjoy it and it’s kind of a nice change for me based on where I came from.’
Cody said he was ‘worried about the reception’ he would get from other swimmers but says he has been welcome with open arms and is getting lots of support.
Cody at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide in May