Australian swimming champion Cate Campbell went into the Rio Olympics as the favourite in the 100 metres freestyle and one of our highest profile athletes.
But in her own words Cate “choked”. She lost her race and upon reflection she believes she lost a lot more than just a medal.
Cate spoke to the Herald’s Phil Lutton about her time in Rio, her experience with the media and her decision to pull back on publicity and social media. With time to reflect and some introspection, Cate admits that perhaps in her quest to please she forgot about her own needs and values. That her personal boundaries were pushed so far out she lost all sense of privacy and that she lost control of her personal brand.
The article is a great read but also a reminder to all athletes (and for that matter anyone who deals with the media) to think carefully about their personal brand and their boundaries. What’s really important to me? Who am I and how can I best represent that? Am I willing to answer any question? Or are there some things I want to keep private?
Here is a link to Phil Lutton’s story. Its a great read.