Former Olympic swimmer Brenton Rickard has been reunited with dozens of medals that have been allegedly stolen from his Gold Coast house a 12 months in the past.
- 100 medals went lacking from the swimmer’s Gold Coast house in Might final 12 months
- These recovered embody Commonwealth Video games silver medals from 2006 and 2010
- A girl purchased a few of them on-line for $32 and later contacted Rickard by way of Fb
About 100 medals have been taken from the breaststroker’s household house at Bundall which was unoccupied attributable to renovations.
Greater than 60 have been recovered by police and returned to the retired swimmer whose profession spanned Olympic and Commonwealth video games and world championships.
“I am simply grateful to get a few of them again as a result of I actually believed that they have been all gone,” he stated.
“It is slightly bittersweet that there are nonetheless some on the market, and whether or not I will ever see them once more, that’s one other query.
Lifetime of feat offered for $32
Mr Rickard stated a lady contacted him by way of Fb about some medals she had bought in a web-based public sale.
“She has a household historical past of swimming teaching and her grandmother was a coach for lots of years,” he stated.
“She thought, by the outline, that they have been medals from that era of her grandmother, not realising that they have been medals from the early 2000s to 2012.
The lady advised Mr Rickard she paid $32 for the medals, which included Commonwealth Video games silver medals from Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010.
“That is at all times been the onerous factor to reconcile for me is that these items have large sentimental worth for me, however, from a monetary standpoint, they’re probably not value a lot, if something,” he stated.
“I form of accepted that I in all probability would by no means see them once more.
“I do have in all probability my most treasured medals very safely locked away some place else, in order that’s lucky, however there’s nonetheless an enormous a part of my profession lacking.
“If we may stumble throughout the opposite ones someday, that will even be a incredible outcome.”
Police stated a 42-year-old Labrador man had been charged with fraud and was attributable to seem in Southport Magistrates Court docket later this month.
2020 a 12 months of lows
In November, Mr Rickard was compelled to plead his innocence to the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland after a pattern from the 2012 London Olympics returned a constructive outcome for a banned diuretic when it was re-tested.
“That is nonetheless with the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport, so hopefully for the duration of the close to future I will be capable of communicate at size about it, however proper now I am not allowed to speak.”
He was a member of the lads’s 4x100m medley relay group that claimed bronze in London and the whole group may nonetheless be stripped of its medal.
“I will simply be glad when it is over.”
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