It’s sink or swim time for Aussie Olympian Grant Hackett, with it appearing that it is more of the former and too little of the latter of late.
One day ago, Hackett was arrested following a domestic disturbance at the Hackett family home. At the police station, he was causing an embarrassing fuss, and then when released, he disappeared so completely that he was reported to the police as missing.
He was found eventually, but Hackett has much work to do if he is to rehabilitate his psyche and his image.
The call went out when Hackett’s dad Nev reported that Grant had fled from a Gold Coast hotel early in the morning, and then subsequently was incommunicado with his physician and failed to show up for a scheduled meeting with his lawyer.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after being coaxed out of retirement in 2015, missing out in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle, odd events for him, considering that he won two Olympic gold medals in the 1500 metre freestyle.
Even with his considerable abilities, Hackett would have to be considered beyond his swimming prime, as his 36 years of age is roughly 59 in regular person years.