South African Olympic swimming gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. To celebrate the day of his birth we are taking a look at some fun facts about the swimming star.
- Cameron went to Glenstantia Primary school. He matriculated at Crawford College in 2006.
- He married his long-time girlfriend Nefeli Valakelis.
- Cameron van der Burgh won the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a games record time of 27.18 seconds.
- Van der Burgh won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in a new world record time of 58.46 seconds.
- After his 2012 Summer Olympics success, Cameron van der Burgh received several sponsorship deals including Arena, investec, Audi, USN and Tag Heuer.
- Cameron got his 2nd Olympic medal at the 2016 Olympic Games when he secured the silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke.
- Cameron van der Burgh was named as GQ’s 7th best-dressed man in 2012.
- Some of Cameron’s Olympic earnings went towards feeding underprivileged kids in Alexandra, Gauteng.
- Van der Burgh announced his retirement from competitive swimming in December 2018 after the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, where he won two individual gold medals.
- In March 2020, Cameron contracted COVID-19. He described it as “by far the worst virus” he has ever endured, despite being a young healthy individual with strong lungs (due to his sport) and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Cameron Van der Burgh is now a Hedge Fund Analyst for Andurand Capital in London. He has had a big passion for the financial markets from a young age. He won the JSE School Challenge in 2005. He went on to further manage a portion of his own capital ever since.
Happy birthday, Cameron! From the people team!