Chantelle Newbery, who won an Olympic gold medal for diving in Athens in 2004, has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Queensland court.
Queensland Olympic gold medallist Chantelle Newbery has been placed on a drug diversion program after pleading guilty to drug charges.
The 37-year-old champion diver pleaded guilty in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on Thursday to possession of dangerous drugs and failing to properly dispose of syringes, a court official said.
Newbery was placed on a drug diversion program and no conviction was recorded.
She was fined $300 for failing to appear in the Wynnum Magistrates Court earlier this year.
A police spokeswoman said Newbery was arrested at a Lota property on March 28 after allegedly being caught with a quantity of methylamphetamine.
Newbery won Australia’s first Olympic diving gold medal since 1924 in the women’s 10m platform in Athens in 2004.
Her victory was Australia’s first women’s Olympic diving title.
Diving Australia chief executive David Bell said the organisation was aware of Newbery’s personal challenges.
“I suppose from our point of view Chantelle will obviously always hold a special place within the diving family,” he said.
“We’re certainly aware of some of her issues and have even recently been offering support to her.
“At this stage we haven’t been in contact for a little while. We haven’t had any reply from her. We’ll always continue to offer support to Chantelle should she request it.”
He said Newbery had been Diving Australia’s national talent ID co-ordinator for a number of years but she left the job about a year ago.
“She’s certainly been involved in the sport, post being an athlete.”