Campbell backs Olympic teammate on pay

Olympic gold medallist Cate Campbell says 4x100m relay teammate Melanie Schlanger deserves credit, not flak, for shining a spotlight on pay discrepancies within the Australian swim team.

She hopes it's one of the key issues on the table when Swimming Australia begins its much-anticipated high-performance review.

Outspoken Schlanger was publicly rebuked by veteran Geoff Huegill last week after the Queenslander tweeted she earned below the minimum wage of $17,000 for about 35 hours of weekly training.

"Have to rem (sic) that someone on min wage doesn't get an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai or Manchester plus 3 weeks in London," the butterfly specialist wrote back in one of a series of tweets.

But Schlanger - and even her dad - both hinted Huegill, as one of the luckier members of the team in terms of funding, wasn't one to talk.

"And how much did you get from Swimming Australia for your failed comeback?" Paul Schlanger tweeted.

On Thursday, Campbell backed her teammate and said struggling swimmers were more than entitled to ask for help.

"We are much better off than other sports and there's no denying that, but it's more just how the funds are distributed that we're disputing," she told AAP.

"Everyone thinks us swimmers are rolling in it, but that's just not the case.

"Hardly any of us are earning above minimum wage.

"So it's a valid point and I'm really glad she's brought that to the attention of the public."

Schlanger said her parents had shelled out $100,000 in training expenses, and didn't benefit from appearance fees or prize money.

Campbell, 20, agreed it was a tough life. She still lives at home.

The Brisbane-ite insists the Australian swimming team made the most of their potential in London, despite some unsettling claims about poor administration, disharmony and late-night pranks at the team camp.

"I wasn't involved in any of that.

"I thought the team culture was really good.

"But every once in a while you do need to have a spring clean."

The swimming review comes following the worst golden haul from the pool since Barcelona in 1992.

Campbell and Schlanger's relay victory on day one of the Games - along with teammates Alicia Coutts and Brittany Elmslie - was Australia's lone swimming gold from London.

Tough-talking Campbell is eyeing Rio as her breakthrough Olympics after a London campaign disrupted by what she's since found out was a case of pancreatitis.

It usually strikes middle-aged, overweight, alcoholic men.

"I'm none of the above. It was just rotten luck," said Campbell, who was forced to pull out of the 100m heats and was still under the weather when contesting her pet event, the 50m.

"But you've got a taste of what I can do in the relay.

"Rio - it's going to be a golden era."

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