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Both women will be seeking berths in the 50 and 100 freestyle for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with Bronte among anincreasingly competitive field that includes the likes of Mel Schlanger, Brittany Elmslie Reebok Grey Trainers and Emma McKeon chasing the world No.1.
one to three year old and requires around the clock care. But he appears perpertually happy.
"It really gives you a reality check . he's an integral part of the family and he's a person in his own right and we're very lucky to have him.''
''But in just about everything else we compete: Mario carts, board games, card games, who can make the best dinner, who can drink shakes the fastest, everything is a competition, but we try and tone it back when we get in the pool.''
With the limited communication he possesses, whether it is a smile when he sees one of his sisters or when he delivers a well timed noise that disrupts a family dispute, he brings joy and a sense of perspective to his parents and four sisters.
''That would have been fine except I wore my medals around the house and brought my aged champion trophy to dinner. Cate was super mad and she snapped and stole my medals and hid them."
Cate and Bronte were born in Malawi, after their parents Jenny, a nurse and midwife, and Eric, an accountant, left their native South Africa. Cate, who was nine when they moved to Australia, says she has many happy memories of her childhood in the small African nation bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, but the poverty has had a lasting impression on her.
Bronte learnt long ago that it was not the wisest thing to rile her big sister. Bronte was the better swimmer and definitely the harder worker in the pool when the sisters first joined a club when the family arrived from Malawi and the seven year old was not shy in basking in her success.
''We were thoroughly middle class but in a place where poverty is all around you,'' she says.
Australian swim stars Cate and Bronte Campbell do not need to look far for grounding when they feel themselves caught up in ''first world'' problems. When they think things are getting too hard, their younger brother Hamish provides a timely reminder that things are really not that bad.
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''Whenever we think that our lives are getting too hard, we look over at him and he can't feed himself, he can't clothe himself, he can't go to the toilet by himself, he can't tell us when he's thirsty or he's hungry, he can't see and you think, 'You know what? My life is pretty good','' Cate says.
"I always think about stuff like this when I get up behind the blocks for a race. It's not life and death and that's something that Hamish has helped me realise.
''I think we went to our first ever carnival and I came back with my four gold medals and age champions trophy and she came back with a bronze.
''We've managed to find a nice balance. We did struggle with it a bit when we were younger,'' Bronte said.
''I put it this way, swimming found Cate but Bronte found swimming. Bronte was the one who worked really hard and had a really good work ethic in the pool whereas Cate didn't,'' Jenny says.
Hamish has cerebral palsy and the 15 year old has the development of an Saucony Grid 6000
Bronte and Hamish share a birthday and a particularly close bond, with Bronte, when she was younger, often getting out of bed at night and singing to her brother when he was upset.
admits can be frustrating at times, especially when she sees a large improvement in her personal best times matched by Cate, which occurred last year in the 100 freestyle. While Bronte substantially improved her two lap times, Cate's world title winning mark of 52.33 is the fastest in a non supersuit.
''It's given me some perspective. It's a swimming race and it's really, really important to me but there's only a few other people in the world who really care about this and no one's going to get hurt if I fail except for maybe me, so it's definitely helped me relax going into competitions.''
''We had a huge backyard and heaps of animals. We could go down to Lake Malawi on the weekends and Dad had a sail boat. It was just so much fun and I think it's given me a real good perspective on life because I have seen first hand what poverty looks like.
"He's my special birthday brother. He's amazing, he's been through a lot in his little life, lots of surgeries and complications and he's one of those wildly optimistic people.
It is a situation that could spark sibling rivalry but the sisters say while they are competitive in just about every aspect of their lives they try to keep things in perspective in the pool.
From that time, it has been Cate who has set the pace, which Bronte Reebok Gum Sole Classic
''When we were very, very young I was actually better than Cate was at swimming and I was not very humble and thought I was the greatest thing ever and rubbed it in her face a bit and then she started trying really hard and started beating me. I learnt my lessons very early on that it's probably a good thing to be humble in victory as well as defeat.
Australian swim stars Cate and Bronte Campbell do not need to look far for grounding when they feel themselves get caught up in 'first world' problems. Whenever they think things are getting too hard, their younger brother Hamish provides a timely reminder that, no matter what, things are really not that bad.
Jenny Campbell, the sisters' mother, says there was a time when Bronte was not doing the chasing. She says Bronte was a much harder worker in the pool than her elder sister when they first joined a club as pre teens and it was not until Cate was about 12 that she began to get serious about swimming, partly because she had tired of being beaten and partly because she had a close friend who was a keen swimmer.
Cate, 21, and Bronte, 19, will contest the Commonwealth Games swimming trials starting in Brisbane on Tuesday. They have been making their mark in the past few years with Cate the first to come to prominence when she won selection for the Beijing Olympic Games and last year fulfilled the potential that had been thwarted by years of illness and injury when she became 100 metre freestyle world champion.
"I try not to be in swimming because it would get a bit tough,'' Bronte said.
Bronte joined her sister in 2012 by earning a berth in the 50 freestyle for the London Olympics and was a member of the women's 4x100 freestyle relay team that won silver at last year's world titles.
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