Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy has big plans for his future once his swimming career comes to an end.
Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy has big plans for his future once his swimming career comes to an end. PETER MITCHELL

McEvoy aiming for the stars after swim career

THERE is no chance of Cameron McEvoy becoming another Grant Hackett.

The champion swimmer, currently ranked No.1 in the world in 100 metre freestyle, has life after the pool all mapped out.

McEvoy, already dubbed 'The Professor' for his academic excellence, is currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in physics and mathematics.

When McEvoy finally retires from swimming he has plans to work with the team at the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland or America's NASA space agency.

Contrast that with former swim champion Hackett whose life has been a train wreck since he retired.

There was Hackett's ugly split with Candice Alley, stints in rehab for sleeping pill and alcohol issues, and his recent arrest on the Gold Coast.

"It is very important to have a plan for the future," McEvoy said.

"Any time you are totally devoted to something that has a life expectancy, history shows it is not the best. The main thing is having something to move onto."

"I'm equally passionate about physics and swimming. By the time retirement (from swimming) comes around I'll be in a position where I can do a PhD or post doctorate."

It is McEvoy's physics prowess that sees him join forces with Todd Sampson for television series Life on the Line.

Sampson explores the concept of resistance with a stunt that sees him standing in front of an AK-47 assault rifle which is fired while submerged in water.

It is up to McEvoy to do the calculation that determines how close Sampson can stand to the weapon and not be hurt.

In air, a bullet from an AK-47 can travel two kilometres but because water is almost 1000 times denser physics says the bullet should travel no more than two metres in a swimming pool.

"When I first heard what Todd was going to do I thought it sounded pretty crazy," McEvoy said.

"I had faith that the physics could be trusted and had professors to double and triple check my calculations.

"The moment where he was counting down to the gunshot was nerve-racking though, no matter how much faith you have in the law of physics."

McEvoy's experience on Life on the Line has him dreaming of his own science-based television show.

"One day I would love to have a television show along the lines of what Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe) has been doing or Neil de Grasse Tyson with Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," he said.