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Swimming's Campbell sisters stay positive

Cate and Bronte Campbell have drawn positives from their mixed fortunes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Swimming's Campbell sisters stay positive
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Swimming siblings Cate and Bronte Campbell have both taken positives from their eventful 2016 Olympic campaigns, but one will be back in competition before the other.

Cate 24 and Bronte 22, each won a gold medal as part of the 4 x 100m freestyle team, with the former adding a silver in the 4 x 100m medley.

However success eluded them in the individual sprint freestyle events despite high expectations.

Cate broke the Olympic record in the heats and semi- finals of the 100m and finished sixth, and was fifth in the 50m final.

Bronte is the reigning world champion in the 50 and 100m, but didn't medal in Rio in either event.

"Olympics is a really big, build-up, I actually had a really good time over there, I guess all my lessons from there were really positive," Bronte told AAP.

Cate won't return to competition this year, but Bronte is already back in training for the short course season, with the national championships looming in four weeks,.

"I've had my holiday I've had a really good downtime," Bronte said at the Women In Sport Awards in Sydney.

"There's a few competitions I want to try and do before the end of the year so I thought 'why not jump back in and see how we go?'

"I don't have to but I still love my sport. I've had my break, had my fun and now I'm ready to get back into it.

"It's just the the short course season it's not the long course season so it's a little bit easier.

"I thought I might not need as much training for it, we're about to see whether I'm right or not."

The 2017 international schedule includes the world championships in Budapest in July and the Commonwealth Games trials in December.

Cate said there were a lot of things she could take from her 2016 experiences that could help her perform better next year.

"To relax, to enjoy our sport, all of these things are good," Cate told AAP.

"You can look back on an Olympics and be really critical or you can look back and accept it for what it was and I'm looking back with acceptance now

"I think I've gone through my critical stage and you can't change the past.|

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