Other Sport

Trickett: Pranks 'childish'

2012-09-13 10:05
Libby Trickett (File)

Sydney - The behaviour of some members of Australia's London Olympic men's swimming team was "childish", veteran Libby Trickett said on Thursday, amid accusations of disciplinary problems and pranks.

Australia endured its worst swimming haul in decades in London, winning just one gold medal, six silver and three bronze for its lowest tally in the pool since Barcelona in 1992.

The lacklustre performance, in which Australia failed to pick up a single individual swimming gold medal for the first time since the 1976 Montreal Games, is being considered as part of an independent review of the sport.

Reports Wednesday claimed some members of the six-man freestyle relay team had an initiation ritual in the days leading up to the Games that involved taking Stilnox - a sleeping medication banned by the Australian team.

There are also claims of swimmers upsetting team-mates and coaches by prank calling and knocking on their doors late at night at their camp in Manchester, two days before the team went to London.

"I did hear about the knocking on doors and prank phone calls," Trickett, a three-time Olympian, including in London, told reporters.

"I kind of look at this and think this is very childish.

"I'm all for having a good time and being light-hearted but I just think there's a time and place."

Tommaso D'Orsogna, a heat swimmer for the under-fire relay team, admitted to the Ten Network they behaved more like schoolboys than Olympians.

"That kind of behaviour shouldn't be tolerated nor should it be allowed," he said on reflection.

"I can definitely confirm that there's no way that any other Australian team that went away to the Olympics would have been mucking around and doing that stuff."

D'Orsogna refused to confirm the Stilnox allegations.

"I'm not going to be the guy that stands up here and lies to Australia but at the same time I'm just not going to comment."

Reports have also said there was a general feeling within the squad that some individual swimmers pursued their own aims, rather than those of the team, something D'Orsogna acknowledged.

"We're not there to win medals for ourselves and I think that's something that some people may have lost sight of more than anything," he said.

Read more on:    libby trickett  |  swimming


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.