Sledge of the Day

The Aussie swim team has copped one in the slats and Richard Hinds at the SMH gives them a good sledge on the way through:

These were the schoolies  week shenanigans of six misguided, testosterone-charged athletes who were, in turn, let down by officials and coaches who failed to keep them in check. Who were unwilling to impose reasonable discipline, or act on the concerns of teammates, for fear of upsetting the delicate sensibilities of the stars. 

Swimmers who – when they were not playing knock-and-run at the team hotel –  could churn through chlorine like heavily muscled seals.

Which is not to suggest the six  relay teammates did not deserve their public humiliation. These were not scapegoats, just goats. Foolish young men whose hijinks, patently, had  some impact on results in London, despite their denials. Lairs and larrikins whose inappropriate actions meant some athletes participating in a heavily government-funded $8 million per-year high-performance program might not have been able to achieve their best results. Or, at the very least, get a decent night’s sleep. Serious stuff.


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