Happy Birthday, Cameron van der Burgh!

Cameron van der Burgh

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 van der Burgh

  • 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.

Cameron van der Burgh

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  • 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.

Cameron van der Burgh

  • 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!

 

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