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Australian swimmers revolt over treatment of banned Tom Fraser-Holmes

by ZwemZa on June 18th, 2017
Cate Campbell (Daily Telegraph)

Cate Campbell (Daily Telegraph)

Australian swimming is diving into crisis just weeks from the world championships after Olympic champion Cate Campbell led a team revolt, confronting Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren and the sport’s administration.

The widening gulf between swimmer and management was on show at a team meeting in Europe when Campbell, along with fellow superstars Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm, took on the ­administration’s “cold” handling of how Tom Fraser-Holmes was banned.

They were upset over the tone of a letter, which was leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, from swimming bosses to Fraser-Holmes.

Mitch Larkin.

Emily Seebohm.

At this same meeting Verhaeren ­encouraged Fraser-Holmes to address his fellow Dolphins over his ban.

“The swimmers were uncomfortable in seeing one of their teammates being treated like this,” a source, who asked not to be named, said.

“That he was banished from the team aggressively. The team was in shock that this would happen, that this is how Swimming Australia is dealing with the matters like these.

Australian swim star Tom Fraser-Holmes was in tears after being banned for 12 months. Picture: Adam Head

“The likes of team leader Cate Campbell expressed extreme disappointment with Swimming Australia’s handling of the matter, it was sense of: ‘Is this what we have to look forward to if we make a mistake’?”

Fraser-Holmes, who has been banned for 12 months, and Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves, who is also facing suspension, were in tears.

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