Aussie comeback star Shayna Jack has revealed an emotional moment behind the scenes where she embraced swimming sensation Cody Simpson.
Shayna Jack has revealed she had an emotional moment with pop star Cody Simpson behind the scenes at the Australian Swimming Championships after they both qualified for the Commonwealth Games.
Jack was overcome with emotion after she scorched a personal best time to book a spot on the Aussie team for this year’s world championships and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, beginning in July.
It happened on the same night Simpson blew the world away to finish third in the men’s 100m butterfly event — booking his spot on the team for the Birmingham Games and world championships.
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Jack made a huge splash in her return on Wednesday night after almost three years away from competition.
The 23-year-old served a 24-month suspension upheld by the Court of Arbitration for sport for ingesting banned substance Ligandrol.
In her first major competition since the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Jack swam a personal best time of 52.60, which was good enough to finish second in the women’s 100m freestyle final, booking her spot in Birmingham.
Eighteen-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan was fastest.
Jack revealed on Thursday morning she choked up when she first looked up to the clock after touching the wall.
“I think the first thing was the shock of the time,” she said on The Today Show.
“I actually just looked at the time instantly. And I was so surprised to see that ‘52’. I had been working really, really hard for that. Even before my ban. So to come after a year and do that time, I was over the moon.
“And then I saw the time and that’s kind of where I saw the result and that’s when the emotion hit. And to do that with Mollie by my side and Arnie (Ariarne Titmus) on the other side and Dean (Boxall) and Maxine watching us, as you saw, I was just so emotional.”
She revealed the elation of achieving her goal is something she and Simpson shared — and it led to a sweet moment behind the scenes where they were able to congratulate each other on their achievements.
“I think everyone’s super proud of Cody as well,” she said.
“Even myself and Cody, we have actually spoken a couple of times about both of our challenges coming back and I think just being able to see each other after our races was just a beautiful moment because we could embrace and understand what each other was feeling with that relief of being back on the team and just that pride.
“I know exactly how he feels and he knows how I feel. Both different circumstances. But each to their own and we’re just as proud of each other as we can be.”
Jack said she is proudest of how she held her life together while serving her doping ban.
She already has her eyes on bigger international prizes, including at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“That is probably the one thing I’m super proud of myself for,” she said.
“I guess I always knew that I was a strong female and I always knew that I had resilience and I had determination and really, really obviously wanted to achieve all of these goals in my swimming career. But the last three years is just a testimony to that and just shows how hard I do work and how much I do want this. And you know, it is just going to keep going up from here.
“I really look forward to my endeavours to Paris.”