Sport

Schlanger: We'll win the public's trust back

Melanie Schlanger of Australia celebrates after she swam the last leg of the relay to win the Final of the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England.
Melanie Schlanger of Australia celebrates after she swam the last leg of the relay to win the Final of the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. Adam Pretty / Getty Images

OLYMPIC gold medallist Melanie Schlanger says the Australian swim team will try hard to regain the public's trust after an independent review's slamming assessment of the squad's London campaign.

The Bluestone Review, conducted by Dr Pippa Grange and released yesterday, confirmed initial reports of disruptive behaviour and bullying within the swim team at the Games and described incidents there as "toxic".

Australia claimed just one gold medal in the pool in England, thanks to the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team.

Sunshine Coast product Schlanger, who anchored that relay, said the review's findings were expected and it highlighted "the fact we weren't a cohesive swim team over there".

"There's definitely things that have come out that we've all been aware of for a little while ... but until it is written down on paper and it's in your face it is an easy thing to brush aside," Schlanger said.

"But it (the review) is now in our face and we have to deal with it and that's something we will be doing."

The 26-year-old said the swimmers had already made some moves to improve the culture in the squad.

"I think the downfall for us in London was that we didn't really know each other," she said.

"We were all selected and spent about two or three days together and that was it. A lot of us were strangers and that's never going to be a good thing when you go to an Olympic Games.

"We've learned from that and we won't be making those mistakes again.

"Just in the last couple of months we have done a lot of things that will make up a team in the future, in terms of being a cohesive group and getting along."

After the Australian swim team converged on Perth in January for the lucrative Super Series, things took a turn for the positive.

"That was the first step in that direction," Schlanger said.

"I think everyone had a great time over there.

"We really did take ownership of getting to know each other a lot better. Then we followed it up with our national camp a couple of weeks later on the Gold Coast.

"We had 120 swimmers there, so that was great to get to know the younger swimmers and set that example for them so they know what sort of standard of behaviour is expected of them."

She acknowledged the sport had taken a battering in Australia but backed the national squad to earn the respect of the Australian public once again.

"Once we start performing at the level we expect of ourselves and set the example we expect of ourselves, that will lead to some changes in the perception of our team," she said.

"At this stage we don't deserve to be treated as a role model team because of our latest track record, but I think we have shown in the last couple of months we are taking that right step and we are changing and getting back to the swim team that Australians know and love."

Topics:  editors picks olympics swimming



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Raid nets cannabis crop, stash of weed, seeds and cash

Police net drugs in raid.

Police uncover cannabis crop, cash and other drug-related goods.

Sign on day for netball season

Tweed Netball Association's sign on day is on Saturday, February 25

"We can certainly accommodate more”

Students steer towards uni plan

UNI TALKS: Southern Cross University ambassador Avalon Price at Banora Point High School.

Southern Cross University student shares her story.

Local Partners

Take a tram to Mooball

Catching a tram from Mooball to Bryon could become a reality.


Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

BIG RIDE: Matt to bring out smiles for Smiddy

LONG WAY ROUND: Matt Muir raises his bike in triumph on his ride last year.

Fundraiser at Yamba Shores Tavern ahead of 800km charity ride

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

DIRECTOR Danny Boyle puts on a masterclass in how to use a 20-year gap between movies to your advantage.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Get Moo-ving to Mooball

The old Pacific Highway and Murwillumbah railway line cut a parrallel path throughThe thriving village of Mooball , looking North East towards Murwillumbah and Mount Warning.

An expansion plan has been approved.

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!