Where did it all go wrong for Grant Hackett?

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for former Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett. He used to be
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Things seem to be going from bad to worse for former Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett.

He used to be one sports star you could put your money on, and as a result he was earning quite a bit himself through sponsorship agreements and the like. He was so bankable, one bank even employed him after he chose to retire from swimming.

He seemed like a genuinely good guy and we liked him, because in an age where a lot of 20-somethings seem to struggle with ‘life’ Hackett showed us that with a bit of hard work and determination, a commitment and a desire, things can be achieve.

Hackett left the sport of swimming at just the right time. He married an Aussie singer by the name of Candice Alley and together they started a little family.

Life appeared to be roses for this poster boy of Australian swimming.

Then the walls started to crumble, first a little bit and then the rubble started to pile up.

Few would forget the trashing of a luxurious apartment after race day celebrations at Flemington, or when Westpac dropped him as its ambassador a short time before he and Alley separated, or the stint of rehab he did for an addiction to Stilnox.

Golden boys can make mistakes too.

When he quietly planned a return to swimming and an attempt at another Olympic Games there was hope Hackett’s life was on the up.

However, overnight the dual Olympic champion suffered an inglorious end to his comeback story when he was detained and questioned by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly groping a fellow passenger on a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Rio Olympic swimming head coach Jacco Verhaeren had hoped to use Hackett as a team mentor, despite the fact the 35-year-old failed in his bid for a spot on the team, but you would think that with the swimming team wanting to make amends from its appalling London 2012 outing, this cloud hanging over Hackett could destroy such an opportunity.

What do you think about Grant Hackett’s latest drama? Have you ever struggled?

  1. Case of another young person not being able to handle booze. The amount of money spent on swimmers that retire young. They should have a contract that guarantees they compete until they are genuinely unable to continue.

  2. Jan Cooke  

    His ego and inability to handle booze and drugs get in the way. He is 35 not 17 anymore.

  3. Sally Tyson  

    This is a sad tale. His life seems to remain in turmoil. I sincerely hope he can find peace and happiness.

    • Denice  

      agree Sally
      hope he does find peace
      sad to see a legend come unstuck even if he is 35….

  4. I would just be really happy if people made sure of their facts before dirtying a person’s reputation. And he has not been charged with anything because he did nothing.

    • Peter Warren  

      Onya Fay……Grant is pretty tall, and the incident apparently was over the guy in front trying to recline his seat. As a 2 metre tall, solid person, I know the problem well as my knees are already touching the seat in front when just sitting. I once had a belligerent person on a one hour flight try to recline their seat when I was sitting behind them, and of course it wouldn’t move. He kept pushing and I politely informed him that he could not push it back because my knees were against it. He ignored me and kept pushing until I stood up and stood next to him, when he decided he would leave his seat in the upright position. I am not saying that Grant was in the right in this case as I don’t know the full details, but until they are released it is totally unfair to be deriding him. There are always at least two sides to every story.

  5. elena  

    He is an idiot useless piece of the humanity…much better universe without those like him; and there are soo many around, unfortunately.

  6. Ted Jaeger  

    Why does the headline to this story say “groping”? There was no groping involved! I expect this sort of sensationalist gutter press journalism from tv stations, not this forum!

  7. Agree with Faye. Media can destroy people’s lives. Just heard on radio an account of events from fellow passenger. Yes, Grant was drunk and asleep when passenger in front reclined his seat. Grant asked passenger to put it upright – can you blame him – he’s a big boy! Passenger refused so Grant went back to sleep. No altercation whatsoever. Yet the media portrays the story very differently. The only thing Grant did was have one too many – and who can blame him after missing out on the swimming team. Get your facts right everyone!

    • Peter Tate.  

      Thanks for the facts Terry. Grant should have a big future, admired by many and I for one am proud of him.

  8. John Young  

    One of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I cannot believe the type of factless rubbish the media are subjecting Grant to. Keep your head up Grant, most of us don’t accept specious media rubbish anymore.

  9. Maeve  

    Once again the media seeks a headline…unfortunately there are still a number of people who believe ever word the media says or prints, without waiting for the TRUE facts to come out. As seen in this forum. How about the media write a retraction and apologise, oh silly me, hell would freeze over first.then they would blame global warming. Sad for Grant and all other people who fall foul of the media.

  10. John Meredith  

    All these “Hero’s” should be treated the same as our Hero’s that struggle thru Uni and graduate. These people contribute to Australia and pay back the cost of their success with HECS. Successful atheletes should do the same and pay back the cost to the taxpayer of their success. This might help with egos and help them realise that they may not have been so famous without the help of the taxpayer. That taxpayer might be the person sitting in front of you on the plane.

  11. John Meredith  

    All these “Hero’s” should be treated the same as our Hero’s that struggle thru Uni and graduate. These people contribute to Australia and pay back the cost of their success with HECS. Successful atheletes should do the same and pay back the cost to the taxpayer of their success. This might help with egos and help them realise that they may not have been so famous without the help of the taxpayer. That taxpayer might be the person sitting in front of you on the plane.

    • Kate  

      I think most people would be surprised to know that Australian swimmers are self funded and have to juggle paid employment along with their training in order to survive. They do not get government payments and only receive funding from Swimming Australia once they make the team (which is only about 36 swimmers). Those who earn the big money do so from sponsorships. It is very difficult for those whose family are not well off to make a go of it, regardless of how talented they are.

  12. Patricia Clark  

    It was a Media beat up ! Gary Pert was right there and saw the whole miniscule incident and there was nothing to it ! It sounds like the other passenger has tried to make a storm in a tea cup ! Possibly because he knew who he was ? So sad that they cannot leave these atheletes alone when they fail to achieve, sure he was drunk, but then so are many other passengers ! LEAVE HIM ALONE to RECOVER !

    • James  

      Hackett was in seat 2A, window seat LHS of aircraft.
      Believe Pert was in seat 3C, row behind Hackett, RHS aisle seat.

      From that position, he could NOT have seen what Hackett did, or didn’t do.

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