Two-Time Australian Olympic Swimmer Jarrod Poort Facing Criminal Charges

by Retta Race 16

August 13th, 2019 Australia, International, News

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.

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Jred

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Swimming Australia right now.

Poort was a nice kid too. Shame he turned into a cheat with some pretty obvious personal problems.

Wish him the best in getting his life back together, but I don’t want to see people with these sorts of issues in the sport full stop.

Old Man Chalmers

Do you hold the same view for 23 time olympic champion, 39 time wr holder and 2 time dui michael phelps?

CraigH

Yep, definitely.

The Ready Room

Phelps = a guy who’s had some personal problems but has since gotten his life back together.

Old Man Chalmers

yeah, after more than ten years after his first offence. Jred’s logic says phelps should have been banned for life in 2004.

Jred

If Phelps had a drug suspension in 04 I would have definitely wanted him life banned

Wondering

Phelps got arrested for breaking & entering?

SammyJ

Poort is an ok guy, retired. Strange 10k race tactics in Rio though. I reckon the recent allegations that Swimming Australia cheat in Swimming by coaching swimmers to appear disabled to beat the actual disabled Is about as worse as it could get for them. That was a Holy. Cow. moment, some disturbing issues for them to address there.

Jimmy

He retired after RIO i believe – good swimmer – great person – i wish him all the best with what he is going through.

Nswim

Ryan Lochte is laughing in the horizon

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