World champion swimmer Cate Campbell does not like to set goals. Usually.
But the 21-year-old has one for 2014: proving last year was no fluke.
Despite sweeping all before her in 2013, Campbell is not struggling for motivation ahead of next week’s national titles in Brisbane, which double as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials.
Often the Australian team’s hard luck story, Campbell became their superstar by claiming 100m freestyle gold at last year’s world titles in Barcelona, remained undefeated over 100m in 2013 and owns the event’s fastest time in history in a textile suit.
She has come a long way since battling a string of setbacks, including career-threatening post viral fatigue syndrome in 2010 and pancreatitis after helping the 4x100m freestyle relay team win London Olympic gold.
“I was blown away by last year. I didn’t think that was possible ever, let alone so soon after the setbacks I encountered,” Campbell told AAP.
“This year I want to build on it, not better it, but to equal it.
“I want to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.”