Social media sensation Sam Fricker has revealed the shocking bonus reward Aussie medallists obtain after the diver received bronze on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
Fricker, who competed on the Tokyo Olympics final yr, got here third within the males’s 3m springboard synchronised diving for Australia – and he is shared with followers the three particular items Aussies acquired with their medals.
The 20-year-old has amassed a exceptional social media following, with 1.6million TikTok followers and greater than 1million YouTube subscribers – and may typically be seen educating fellow influencers easy methods to dive.
Diver Sam Fricker on the Australian trials for the Commonwealth Video games in Might
In a video posted on his social media, Fricker revealed the three issues Aussie medallists acquired on the Commonwealth Video games.
‘Primary is that this field; it is comprised of hardened cardboard so it is eco-friendly and it seems to be nice,’ he mentioned in a video posted on his TikTok.
‘The opposite factor we get is that this toy, which is the mascot.
‘The Australian group additionally obtained these unbelievable keyrings, that are the identical color because the medal you received,’ mentioned Fricker.
Sam Fricker shows the keyring Aussie athletes obtain that’s the identical color because the medal they received on the Commonwealth Video games
Fricker additionally revealed the medals are given in an eco-friendly cardboard field
The mascot Fricker identified is a bull, due to the numerous bull sculptures round Birmingham, because of the well-known bull ring market, a spot the place the animals have been as soon as held earlier than slaughter.
One consumer commented the bull’s title, Perry, got here from town’s bustling Perry Barr precinct.
Sam Fricker holds up Perry, the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games mascot
Whereas they could obtain the lovable items after a medal, Aussie athletes will not obtain one essential bonus: cash.
A spokesman for Commonwealth Video games Australia confirmed there isn’t a medal incentive scheme for Aussie athletes who end first in particular person or group occasions over the following fortnight.
Different nations give their medallists as much as $36,000 in prizemoney for successful medals.
India’s gold medallists might be spurred on by the very fact they’re poised to take dwelling the equal of $36,000, together with the equal of $18,000 for silver and $13,500 for bronze.
Sam Fricker competes within the 3m springboard ultimate on day 9 of the Video games
Bizarrely, Singaporean athletes snare $737 for successful gold – however they have to make investments 50 per cent of their winnings to their sport.
Australia’s strategy to the Commonwealth Video games is in stark distinction to the Olympics, the place Aussie athletes are given $20,000 for a gold medal triumph, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.
Fricker first rose to fame on social media whereas selling his enterprise – an eco-conscious straw manufacturing agency which makes straws from wheat stems – an organization he based whereas nonetheless at college.
He admitted earlier within the Video games that regardless of the jovial and energetic nature of his movies, he nonetheless receives loads of hate on-line.
He insists that his coaches are supportive of his resolution to turn out to be a full-time YouTuber
‘Trolls? I get tons of hate however who cares’ he mentioned in Birmingham. ‘I do not care. If my pal got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘Hey Sam, you should not do this’, then he is in all probability proper and I will hear,’ Fricker informed the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘But when some individual with no profile picture and nil followers is telling me I am unhealthy at diving, am I actually taking that on board? Folks say something: they are saying I am unable to dive, they make enjoyable of the best way I speak.’
Fricker completed twenty eighth within the 10m platform on the Tokyo Olympics final yr – and it is clear he is not involved with what folks consider him, his diving outcomes or his cult social media following.