Another day and another high profile Australian swimmer (allegedly) caught with illicit drugs, this time it is Australia’s comeback king – Mr Geoff Huegill.
Mr Huegill and his wife were allegedly charged with the possession of cocaine after stewards at the Australian Turf Club became suspicious of two persons in the disabled toilet at the Randwick racecourse and notified the Police. The pair were subsequently arrested and escorted from the venue and are to appear before the Waverley Local Court in the coming weeks.
After ballooning to 138kg in retirement after a successful Olympic career Huegill trimmed down and once again competed at a top level claiming two Commonwealth Games gold medals in Dehli in 2010.
Now it would be easy to ridicule yet another high profile athlete hoovering lines in a bathroom stall in a prestigious area of Sydney’s premier racing venue but the more serious side to the story is why are high profile sports men and women using such illicit drugs? Is it the pressure of the competition, the monotonous and rigorous training, the 5am starts or is it a problem that is far more widespread in our society that the media and the Government care to acknowledge.
Huegill is not the first Australian swimmer to have an issue with illicit or restricted substances. In October 2011 the Police were called to Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett’s house after a domestic disturbance which Hackett attributed to the prescription sleeping medication ‘Stillnox’. Hackett has recently completed rehabilitation for his addiction in the US.
Another Australian Olympic swimmer, Scott Miller, recently fronted Court for the supply (later dropped) and possession of illicit drugs and has also recently completed a period of full time rehabilitation for his substance abuse issues with crystal methamphetamine and marijuana.
Australian gold medal Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham publicly declared that he was smoking crystal methamphetamine in the lead up to the London games and had a crippling addiction to the drug.
Even Australia’s greatest ever swimmer Ian Thorpe AKA ‘The Thorpedo’ has previously admitted to battling alcohol addiction.
So is this all a coincidence or is there something in the water?
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