News

D'Arcy says relay team just trying to form special bond

Nick D'Arcy in action.
Nick D'Arcy in action.

SUNSHINE Coast Olympian Nick D'Arcy has defended the actions of his swimming teammates who have become embroiled in a controversy over their bad behaviour at the London Olympics.

D'arcy, who has had his own much-publicised run-ins with authority, said while he didn't condone the behaviour of members of the men's 4x100m relay team, he believed they were only trying to "form a special bond" as a team.

James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Tommaso D'Orsogna, James Roberts, Matt Targett and Cameron McEvoy are being investigated by Swimming Australia's integrity panel.

They have admitted to taking the recently-prohibited sedative Stilnox and playing pranks on team members in the London Games village.

D'Arcy, who has taken a year off swimming to focus on a career as a radiographer in Brisbane, said he did not condone his teammates' actions but believed they had simply been trying to "form a special bond to take their relay team to the next level".

"If anything, they were doing the best for their country by bonding and allowing them to get the absolute best out of each other," he said.

"I don't believe they wanted to impede on their preparations and they are not selfish guys, so they would not want to become a team at the expense of others.

"It was misdirection more than anything else."

In a statement read out by Australian Swimmers Association spokesman Daniel Kowalski on behalf of the swimmers, they claimed to have participated in what they thought was "harmless fun", where they "sat around the hotel room telling stories, laughing, bonding ..."

It was conceded that at some point, "some team members left the room and decided to make prank calls to random rooms and did knock on the doors of some of our team mates but at no time did we ever feel it was anything more than childish behaviour and there was definitely nothing untoward in our actions".

What do you think of the relay team's antics?

This poll ended on 25 March 2013.

Just young people letting off steam - 4%

A bit stupid, but that's all - 23%

Simply wrong - 14%

Absolutely disgraceful - 41%

Is this all we've got to worry about? - 15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Stilnox had been commonly used in swimming circles to reduce anxiety and give athletes a good night's rest.

The prescription medication was recently banned by the Australian Olympic Committee.

D'Arcy said he had been prescribed Stilnox in the past but it made him feel "groggy and a little unwell", so he chose not to use it again.

Media claims that the Olympic swimming team environment in London was "toxic" had been "inflammatory" to the situation.

"If anything, now we've got a toxic environment where swimmers are pitted against swimmers and that is not something we usually see with the Australian swim team," he said.

"(The team) had a better chance of being salvaged before the witch hunt.

"The whole team have their work cut out for them to get back to that united front where they can all move in the same direction and be a single entity."

But he said he was confident his embattled former teammates would come out the other side of the incident as a stronger team.

Topics:  editors picks london olympics nick d'arcy olympics swimming


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

It is all a plot in the reptile world

Dr Airdre Grant  is the writer of the column, Veranda Talk, in  The Lismore Echo.

Questions raised over who really rules us

Radio Rentals finds 2.5m carpet python

DOZING OFF: This 2.5m carpet python was found snoozing in Goonellabah.

Snake finds warm place amongst computer equipment

'Shark' needs help

Bullshark with a volunteer carer from the Animal Rights & Rescue Group.

Young dog showing signs of distress

Local Partners

Answer The Salvos knock for help

Salvation Army is calling for volunteers and funds to help with its annual Red Shield Appeal

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Pauly puts stereo back into stereotypes

PAULY: Paul Fenech is a comedian of Maltese and Aboriginal descent.

'A bourbon-fuelled bogan subwoofer bonanza of comedy.'

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!