Meet the Aussie Commonwealth Video games star with 1.5MILLION TikTok followers and nearly a BILLION views on YouTube – diver opens up on balancing competitors with life on social media
- Sam Fricker is balancing diving together with his enormous social media recognition
- The Australian athlete, 20, boasts 1.5million followers on on-line platform TikTok
- He says his coaches are supportive of his transfer to being a full-time YouTuber
With 1.5million TikTok followers and almost a billion views on his YouTube channel, Sam Fricker is the very epitome of the modern-day athlete refusing to restrict himself to the constraints of his sport alone.
The Australian diver – who completed twenty eighth within the Males’s 10m platform in Tokyo final 12 months – is aiming so as to add to his nation’s medal assortment on the Commonwealth Video games this week.
Simply as Fricker is required to point out mind-boggling ranges of flexibility when launching himself from the diving board, the 20-year-old has stamped himself as probably the most multi-faceted abilities on this planet.
Aussie diver Sam Fricker should put down the cellphone as he bids for glory in Birmingham
Since competing in Tokyo, Fricker has amassed an enormous social media following and his meteoric rise on-line has satisfied him to go full-time with YouTube movies.
He first rose to fame on TikTok whereas selling his enterprise – an eco-conscious straw manufacturing agency which makes straws from wheat stems – an organization he based whereas nonetheless at college.
The Sydney Morning Herald describes Fricker as a ‘strolling billboard for clear dwelling and positivity’, however that also hasn’t prevented the Australian from receiving abuse on-line.
‘Trolls? I get tons of hate however who cares’ he stated in Birmingham. ‘I do not care. If my buddy got here as much as me and stated, ‘Hey Sam, you should not try this’, then he is in all probability proper and I am going to pay attention.
‘But when some particular person with no profile photograph and nil followers is telling me I am dangerous at diving, am I actually taking that on board? Folks say something: they are saying I can not dive, they make enjoyable of the way in which I discuss.’
There was a terror amongst coaches and consultants as to the doubtless destructive influences that ‘aspect hussles’ can have on an athlete’s profession.
The 20-year-old diver boasts an enormous social media following on TikTok and YouTube
He insists that his coaches are supportive of his determination to turn out to be a full-time YouTuber
Roy Keane famously lambasted Jesse Lingard for taking his eye off the ball together with his style exploits, whereas Mesut Ozil is pondering ditching soccer altogether for a profession in skilled gaming.
However Fricker insists that his coaches are onboard together with his social media profession, including that his enormous following on-line can solely be optimistic for diving as a sport.
‘My coaches are coming round to it,’ he stated.
‘I’ll be doing what I am doing, so that they’ve come to assist and perceive that. And it is actually good for the game. Diving would not get a lot consideration like different sports activities so it is a cool alternative to share what we do. And it helps my diving.’
Fricker will compete within the males’s 10m platform, 3m springboard and synchronized 3m springboard in Birmingham.