Chantelle Newbery admits drugs use

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Chantelle Newbery pleaded guilty to drug charges in Cleveland Magistrates Court, Queensland, pleading guilty to possession of drugs and failing to correctly dispose of syringes, reports news.com.au.

Newbery won the gold in diving in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, becoming the first Australian diver to win the gold in more than 80 years.

Chronic depression

The gold medalist has suffered from chronic depression in the past, which she revealed in 2009, also admitting that she tried to take her own life more than once.

In an interview with channel nine's A Current Affair (ACA), the Australian diver said that she turned to taking drugs around the time of her Mother's death 18 months ago.

"I have experimented with a couple of things but I wouldn’t say I was a drug user,” said 37 year old Newbery.

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“One and off, perhaps every now and then, but there has been no period of time when I have been using drugs or anything like it.” Newbery explaining that despite experimenting with drugs, she was never a consistent drug user.

When appearing on ACA, Chantelle Newbery revealed that there had been times in the last few weeks where she felt like she was slipping into a place where she felt a bit worried, especially around the time of her court case, saying that she went to a GP to get another referral to get help again.


Newbery also mentioned that she is facing the possibility of being homeless, as she has been forced to move four times in the last three months.

“It would be nice if I had somewhere to live. The place where I’m living at the moment just got sold,” said Newbery.

“Yeah it’s been hard. I haven’t been able to settle anywhere. I’ve been lucky to have places that I’ve been able to go to that have been quite cheap or I’ve been house sitting so I’ve been doing their house up so they can sell but I’ve been really lucky.

"It’s just hard to move house  so many times. It’s quite stressful and no way to bring up kids but the next place is going to be permanent and I’m going to be there for a little while.”

Focus on family

Newbery said she wants to focus on her children and get involved and work with swimmers in the future.

“I want to get back to working with athletes again down the track but at the moment I want to spend time being a mum. I’ve never done that before,” she said.

“I am seeing a psychologist at the moment.”

She also apologized for bringing negative attention to the sport of diving, herself, her family, her kids, the Olympic committee and everyone. 

We wish Chantelle Newbery all the best in her future.

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