Every physics lesson pays off in the pool
Cam McEvoy is obsessed with Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method.
The method involves coming up with an idea and testing it to find out whether the theory is true or false.
“My technique in the water, my dive, my turns, my race strategies, everything I do with swimming, I run it through the scientific method,” he said.
Using this method to tweak his performance in the pool, Cam earned six medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and is looking to recreate his success at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A current Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) student at Griffith University, Cam gained a lot of attention in 2016 when he qualified for the Rio Olympics, recording the world’s fastest 100m freestyle in a textile suit. But after jumping out of the water, journalists were more interested in the signature on his swimming cap than his performance in the pool.
The signature was the detection signal for gravitational waves, which proved Albert Einstein’s 100-year-old Theory of Relativity, observed only months before.
Shooting the scientific discovery into sports articles around the world, the scientific community has championed Cam for bringing his passion for physics to a wider audience.
As Griffith’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ambassador, Cam looks to inspire a new generation of swimmers and scientists.
“I can’t wait for the next wave of sporting stars from the Commonwealth to experience our Games, the Gold Coast and Australia.”