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Olympic gold medalist Emily Seebohm reveals the dark side of competitive swimming on I'm a Celeb


She’s one of Australia’s most celebrated Olympians, but Emily Seebohm revealed the dark side of swimming on Sunday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 29-year-old gold medallist told fellow campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley, that she would not want her future children to follow in her footsteps as the pressure is ‘so intense’.

Emily also recalled wanting to ‘cry so many times after training’ in the last year. 

'I've wanted to cry so many times after training': Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm (pictured), 29, revealed the dark side of competitive swimming on Sunday night's episode of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Australia

‘I’ve wanted to cry so many times after training’: Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm (pictured), 29, revealed the dark side of competitive swimming on Sunday night’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia 

The conversation began when Nathan, 49, asked Emily whether she would ‘recommend’ swimming to her kids.

‘Look, honestly I would say no. I want them to learn how to swim, but I wouldn’t want them to swim,’ she said. 

Emily went on to reveal that she ‘would just hate for them to always feel like they have to be so good’ as ‘there’s so much [pressure] and it’s ‘so intense for everyone’. 

Discussion: The conversation began when fellow campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley (pictured), 49, asked Emily whether she would 'recommend' swimming to her future kids

Discussion: The conversation began when fellow campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley (pictured), 49, asked Emily whether she would ‘recommend’ swimming to her future kids 

Dealing with pressure: 'Look, honestly I would say no. I want them to learn how to swim, but I wouldn't want them to swim,' she said. Emily went on to reveal that she 'would just hate for them to always feel like they have to be so good' as 'there's so much [pressure]'

Dealing with pressure: ‘Look, honestly I would say no. I want them to learn how to swim, but I wouldn’t want them to swim,’ she said. Emily went on to reveal that she ‘would just hate for them to always feel like they have to be so good’ as ‘there’s so much [pressure]’ 

Asked whether the pressure is more on the mind than the body, Emily revealed that ‘pre-season is all physical’ whereas when you get into the water ‘it’s all the mind’. 

Emily went on to recall wanting to ‘cry so many times’ as she felt simply depleted.  

‘In the last year I think I’ve wanted to cry so many times after training because I have nothing left. I’m just so tired,’ she said.

Emotional: Emily went on to recall wanting to 'cry so many times' as she felt simply depleted. 'In the last year I think I've wanted to cry so many times after training because I have nothing left. I'm just so tired,' she said

Emotional: Emily went on to recall wanting to ‘cry so many times’ as she felt simply depleted. ‘In the last year I think I’ve wanted to cry so many times after training because I have nothing left. I’m just so tired,’ she said 

Emily has been shedding light on what it’s really like to be a competitive swimmer, on I’m a Celeb.

Last Thursday, Emily revealed that on average, a swimmer at the top of their game earns just $30,000 a year.

Emily made the candid admission after curious campmate Beau Ryan asked if she was obligated to attend ‘random’ events.

Money honey: On last Thursday's episode, Emily revealed the measly amount elite swimmers earn. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021

Money honey: On last Thursday’s episode, Emily revealed the measly amount elite swimmers earn. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021

She said that she attended ‘to get paid’, admitting that it was ‘money to survive’, before explaining there were different ‘tiers’.

Emily said that the top tiers – one to eight – only earned $30,000 a year, leaving Beau, 36, stunned by her revelation.

‘Hang on. Time out. Say this again to me, please… Please listen to this,’ responded a shocked Beau as he called for the attention of their other campmates. 

Low income: Emily revealed that on average, a swimmer at the top of their game earns just $30,000 a year

Low income: Emily revealed that on average, a swimmer at the top of their game earns just $30,000 a year

‘So, our swimming contracts are done every year, and every year, you’ve gotta, like, re-try and make the top tier,’ explained Emily. 

She added: ‘One to eight is 30, $30,000 for the year. Thirty is our biggest contract.’

Beau said he needed a moment to ‘let that sink in’, and admitted he was shocked they were paid so little.

Stunned: Emily made the candid admission after curious campmate Beau Ryan (pictured) asked if she was obligated to attend 'random' events

Stunned: Emily made the candid admission after curious campmate Beau Ryan (pictured) asked if she was obligated to attend ‘random’ events

‘You just assume that our Olympic athletes, our national treasures are on huge money,’ he later said. 

‘You just assume that. You assume they live in nice homes, drive fast cars and they’re on good money.’

Emily also revealed that winning an Olympic gold medal is only worth around $20,000, which also surprised Beau.

'So, our swimming contracts are done every year, and every year, you've gotta, like, re-try and make the top tier,' explained Emily. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 with fellow swimmer Kaylee McKeown

‘So, our swimming contracts are done every year, and every year, you’ve gotta, like, re-try and make the top tier,’ explained Emily. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 with fellow swimmer Kaylee McKeown

‘That shocked me. I knew they weren’t paid well but not at that level. That’s unbelievable,’ he added.

Emily said that unlike with many other elite sports, swimmers failed to land sponsorships, explaining they usually go to NRL stars.

‘They’re hard to come by these days because there’s NRL, which is played weekly, which is way better and they can wear their sponsors whereas we can’t,’ she added. 

Pay day: Emily also revealed that winning an Olympic gold medal is only worth around $20,000. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 with fellow swimmer Kaylee McKeown

Pay day: Emily also revealed that winning an Olympic gold medal is only worth around $20,000. Pictured at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 with fellow swimmer Kaylee McKeown

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