Shayna Jack lifts the lid on unseen moment with Cody Simpson

Cody Simpson and Shayna Jack, pictured here after qualifying for the Australian swim team.
Cody Simpson and Shayna Jack both qualified for the Australian swim team. Image: Getty

Shayna Jack has opened up on a touching moment she shared with Cody Simpson after they both qualified for the Australian swim team on Wednesday night.

Jack and Simpson are both heading to the world titles and Commonwealth Games this year after securing their places on the Australian team.

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Jack finished second in the women's 100m freestyle final, while Simpson was third in the men's 100m butterfly.

Swimmers finishing in the top two gain selection for the world titles, while the top three place-getters earn a spot for the Commonwealth Games.

Simpson was beaten by Matt Temple and Kyle Chalmers, but Chalmers is skipping the world titles and Simpson will likely get his spot.

Jack was overcome with emotion in her first event since returning from a two-year doping suspension.

She cried in the arms of coach Dean Boxall next to the pool, while also sharing a special moment with Simpson after his remarkable achievement.

“I think everyone’s super proud of Cody,” Jack told Channel Nine on Thursday.

“Even myself and Cody, we have actually spoken a couple of times about both of our challenges coming back and I think just being able to see each other after our races was just a beautiful moment because we could embrace and understand what each other was feeling with that relief of being back on the team and just that pride.

“I know exactly how he feels and he knows how I feel. Both different circumstances. But each to their own and we’re just as proud of each other as we can be.”

Shayna Jack, pictured here overcome with emotion after making the Australian swimming team.
Shayna Jack was overcome with emotion after making the Australian swimming team. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) (Quinn Rooney via Getty Images)

Jack was initially banned for four years after testing positive to the banned substance Ligandrol about three weeks before the 2019 world championships in South Korea.

The Queenslander's suspension was reduced to two years on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which found Jack did not knowingly ingest the substance.

"I am just overwhelmed with emotions to be back on the team," Jack said on Wednesday night.

"Not many people really know what I actually went through, the depths of it.

"And to be back and wearing those (Australian) colours again means more than anything to me.

"I can't thank (enough) all the people in my inner circle who got me through and got me back to swimming.

"My goal was to ... fall back in love with swimming again and I have. I am really, really proud to be back."

Shayna Jack and Cody Simpson back on Aussie team

The 23-year-old admitted fearing she would never return to an Australian team.

"There was a lot of times I thought I might not get to this point," she said.

"And not just because of the whole (doping) case.

"I struggled. I lost touch with why I love swimming and why I did swim."

As for Simpson, the 25-year-old was a promising junior swimmer before becoming a global pop sensation after releasing songs on YouTube from 2010.

Cody Simpson, pictured here after finishing third in the 100m butterfly final at the Australian Swimming Championships.
Cody Simpson looks on after finishing third in the 100m butterfly final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) (Quinn Rooney via Getty Images)

He returned to the pool in 2019 as has shocked the swimming world with his abilities.

"I certainly didn't even expect it to even be a possibility until 2024," Simpson said of being on an Australian team.

"The fact that stuff has started to happen so quickly, so early, is just unreal.

"That's a dream come true. I had a great swim this morning and so much progress since last year," said Simpson, who has made three albums, toured the world, worked with Justin Bieber and dated celebrities Miley Cyrus and Gigi Hadid.

"I didn't even think I'd be remotely competitive until this year at the earliest, so to make the team is just a bonus on the way to Paris (Olympics in 2024)."

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