News

Golden girl Cate takes swipe at media

Cate (left) and Bronte Campbell at the welcoming home parade for Queensland's Olympians on Friday.
Cate (left) and Bronte Campbell at the welcoming home parade for Queensland's Olympians on Friday.

AUSTRALIAN gold medal-winning swimmer Cate Campbell savoured the moment when she returned home to a hero's reception at Brisbane's Olympians' parade yesterday.

But Campbell, who took home her country's only gold in the pool at London in the 4x100m women's relay team, was left bitterly disappointed with the way her teammates were portrayed by a demanding media.

After the swimming team fell short of many people's expectations with just the one gold, Campbell took a swipe at the criticism her teammates were subjected to.

"I don't understand when your best is not good enough and I think the media misrepresented Australia," she said. "I really feel very strongly that you guys (media) did us a dis-service and where's the shame in having a couple of people in the world who can beat you?

"If the critics think they can do better, then they better get off the couch and get out onto the sporting tracks."

After social media was partially blamed for favourites Emily Seebohm and James Magnussen falling for its trappings and not taking home gold, Campbell defended her teammates' alleged over-use of Twitter.

"I think athletes are really good at monitoring themselves and if you want to put yourself out there, then go for it," she said.

Campbell's sister Bronte, who finished 10th in the 50m freestyle, said she was delighted with her campaign.

She believes herself, and Cate, will only go better at the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.

"Cate will be 24 and I'll be 22 in Rio and that's when athletes reach their peak so hopefully Rio will be our time," she said.

Fellow Brisbanite and Australian water polo player Rhys Howden took a similar optimistic view for Rio after his team finished seventh.

"We don't need to change too much. A few more international matches will probably help," he said. "It's pretty hard because we're all the way over here in Australia and (in Europe) they just cross the border and they can play a game against each other.

"It's hard for us but hopefully we can play in a few more tournaments over there. That's up to the funding we receive and the coaching staff and things like that."

Topics:  cate campbell london olympics



Science Festival seriously awesome

CALLING everyone who wants to see, hear and be a part of something totally cool: this is where you need to be this March.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Take a tram to Mooball

NON-STOP: Plans for the Byron Light Rail could include the tram travelling into the Tweed Shire.

Byron link could travel to Mooball.

Gilmore shines as legend enters hall of fame

Stephanie Gilmore on a wave, nominated as Nikon photo of the year. Gilmore was a standout for Snapper Rocks at the Boardriders Battle.

"He was considered the greatest kneeboarder”

MP says Surfside reviewing services but no changes

Surfside Buslines is reviewing its services.

TWEED MP moves to allay fears important bus routes to be cut.

Local Partners

Take a tram to Mooball

Catching a tram from Mooball to Bryon could become a reality.


Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

BIG RIDE: Matt to bring out smiles for Smiddy

LONG WAY ROUND: Matt Muir raises his bike in triumph on his ride last year.

Fundraiser at Yamba Shores Tavern ahead of 800km charity ride

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

MACKAY will play host to one of the world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John later this year.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Get Moo-ving to Mooball

The old Pacific Highway and Murwillumbah railway line cut a parrallel path throughThe thriving village of Mooball , looking North East towards Murwillumbah and Mount Warning.

An expansion plan has been approved.

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!