Olympic gold medalist Emily Seebohm reveals dark side of competitive swimming in I’m a Celeb

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

The 29-year-old gold medalist told her campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley, that she wouldn’t want her future children to follow in his footsteps because the pressure is “so intense”.

Emily also recalled wanting to “cry so many times after training” over the past year.

“I’ve had so many times wanted to cry after training”: Olympic gold medalist Emily Seebohm (pictured), 29, revealed the dark side of competitive swimming in Sunday night’s episode of I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! Australia

The conversation started when Nathan, 49, asked Emily if she would “recommend” swimming for her children.

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

Emily went on to reveal that she “would just hate them to always feel pressured to be so good” because “there is so much [pressure] and it’s “so intense for everyone”.

Discussion: The conversation started when her campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley (pictured), 49, asked Emily if she

Discussion: The conversation started when her campmate, former AFL coach Nathan Buckley (pictured), 49, asked Emily if she would “recommend” swimming to her future children

Managing the pressure: “Look, honestly, I would say no.  I want them to learn to swim, but I wouldn't want them to swim, ”she said.  Emily went on to reveal that she

Managing the pressure: “Look, honestly, I would say no. I want them to learn to swim, but I wouldn’t want them to swim, ”she said. Emily went on to reveal that she “would just hate them to always feel pressured to be so good” because “there is so much [pressure]’

When asked if the pressure is on the mind more than the body, Emily revealed that “preseason is all physical” while when you step into the water “everything is mental”.

Emily went on to remember wanting to ‘cry so many times’ because she just felt exhausted.

“Over the past year, I think I have had the urge to cry after practice so many times because I have nothing left. I’m so tired, she said.

Emotional: Emily went on to remember wanting to 'cry so many times' because she just felt exhausted.  “Over the past year, I think I have had the urge to cry after practice so many times because I have nothing left.  I'm so tired she said

Emotional: Emily went on to remember wanting to ‘cry so many times’ because she just felt exhausted. “Over the past year, I think I have had the urge to cry after practice so many times because I have nothing left. I’m so tired she said

Emily shed light on what it’s like to be a competitive swimmer on I’m a Celeb.

Last Thursday, Emily revealed that, on average, a top swimmer only earns $ 30,000 a year.

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

Money Darling: In last Thursday's episode, Emily revealed the meager amount elite swimmers make.  Photographed at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021

Money Darling: In last Thursday’s episode, Emily revealed the meager amount elite swimmers make. Photographed at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021

She said she was there “to get paid”, admitting that it was “money to survive”, before explaining that there were different “levels”.

Emily said the upper levels – one through eight – only earned $ 30,000 a year, leaving Beau, 36, stunned by her revelation.

‘Wait. Free time. Tell me again, please … Please listen to this, “replied a shocked Beau as he called the attention of their other campmates.

Low income: Emily revealed that on average, a top swimmer only earns $ 30,000 per year

Low income: Emily revealed that on average, a top swimmer only earns $ 30,000 per year

“So our swimming contracts are done every year, and every year you have to, for example, try again and get to the next level,” Emily explained.

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 it sink in” and admitted he was shocked that they were being paid so little.

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

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

“You just assume that our Olympic athletes, our national treasures rest on huge sums of money,” he said later.

‘You just assume that. You assume they live in nice houses, drive fast cars, and earn a lot of 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 have to, for example, try again and get to the next level,” Emily explained. Photographed at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 with fellow swimmer Kaylee McKeown

‘It shocked me. I knew they weren’t paid well, but not at this level. It’s amazing, ”he added.

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

“They are hard to find these days because there is NRL, which is played every week, which is much better and they can carry their sponsors when we can’t,” she added.

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

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