Australian pool and open water Olympian Jarrod Poort is facing criminal charges for property damage after an apartment complex incident on June 29th in Wollongong: a seaside city south of Sydney.
According to the Illawarra Mercury, in the early morning hours, 24-year-old Poort ‘intentionally or recklessly’ damaged the front door of an apartment belonging to a man named William Lampe. Poort was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged and eventually released without bail. His case has been adjourned for 6 weeks in order for the swimmer to seek legal advice.
Police allege that Poort entered an apartment complex in Park Street sometime between 4.25am and 4.45am on June 29 and “intentionally or recklessly” damaged the front door of an apartment belonging to a man named William Lampe.
Poort competed in pool swimming in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London but more recently contested the 10k open water event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where he finished 21st. Poort led most of that 10km race, at one point leading by 1 minute and 20 seconds, but faded late. He was eventually caught with about 1 kilometer to go and was ultimately passed by 20 swimmers in that final stretch of the swim.
Along with Maddie Groves and Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Poort was one of the Australian swimmers who missed a series of anti-doping tests across 2017 and 2018. He was handed a 12-month suspension by Swimming Australia, a ban which was lifted as of September 5, 2018.
Poort did not race at this year’s Australian Open Water Championships in January, nor has he competed in this year’s FINA World Marathon Swimming Series. Poort has not registered a pool swim in the official Swimming Australia results database since 2016.