Cameron McEvoy stands at an impressive 6’2” and has a look of reassured confidence across his face as he poses for selfies with fans. He has just completed what no-other Australian in the history of Australian swimming has ever achieved. Winning National titles in all three main freestyle sprint races, the 50M, 100M and 200M, all in the same year.
This is no small feat, and what makes it even more impressive is that we are yet to see the best of him.
Speed and science a deadly combo
At only 21, McEvoy has a long career ahead of him, and where Australian swimmers have gone before, he is threatening to eclipse them all, with a Science-based philosophy on swimming backed by explosive speed.
You see the story of Cameron McEvoy is no ordinary one. As while he lights up the pool by day, the young Queensland native is igniting the classroom by night. Studying for his Bachelor of Sciences degree, with a major in Physics and Mathematics, at Griffith University in Queensland.
Tipped to scoop the Gold in all three of his chosen freestyle distances at the upcoming Rio Olympics, McEvoy knows that his recent treble in the Australian championships will see him entering the games and the pool as one of the firm favourites.
The young professor
Known in the pool as the Professor, due to his love of Science, McEvoy originally came from humble beginnings and readily admits to taking odd jobs in order to subsidise his training costs. He has been a driver who delivered birthday cakes for a friend’s local bakery.
“The cake job I enjoyed. I even got invited in for a slice of the cake a few times.”
Now firmly focussed on his swimming, the potential Olympic gold medallist also brings his love of the Sciences into the pool with him. McEvoy’s swimming cap emblazoned with the gravitational wave recently discovered by physicists at LIGO observatory. Whether he will be allowed to model his now instantly recognisable motif in the pool at Rio is yet to be seen. But what is clear is that he is bringing his scientific learning and theories into his swimming game.
Speaking about his love of physics and how it helps him stay one step ahead of the competition he had this to say.
“I think science, and physics especially, can teach all athletes a great deal. If you look at Isaac Newton for example, his whole thesis was that by increasing the force while maintaining the mass will result in that object going faster. This is what all athletes strive for.”
“I always have this in mind when I have a gym session that day. It really gives me the motivation I need to kick my own arse and go for it. As after all my aim is to increase my power to weight ratio. If I can do that right I will achieve my main aim, which is to go quicker than everyone else in the pool.”
Going for gold
It’s clear that he is doing something right, and he is already a fan favourite, drawing in crowds for all three of his championship wins. Whether or not he can repeat the success at Rio 2016 will be a different matter. What is for sure is that he will be giving it a good go, with the advantage of a science-based approach to the matter of course.