Banned swimmer Shayna Jack speaks out about her failed drug test

Banned Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has spoken out for the first time since her ASADA hearing over her failed drug test.

The 20-year-old Queenslander has said she’s struggled with her mental health and day-to-day life following the incident, which saw her sent home before the 2019 world championships in South Korea earlier this year.

She says it could still be another nine months before she gets a finalised hearing over the matter, and is facing a four year ban from the sport.


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Meantime, support has flooded in for the ‘Australian Dolphin’, after she posted her message to Instagram last night.

In it, she thanks her strong support system and reaffirms that she would never have intentionally taken a drug ‘of any kind’.

“I’d like to thank the people who have, from day one, been by my side and supported me without a doubt.

“I have found that I am struggling most with accepting the current situation, how much it has not only impacted my swimming career but my everyday life.

“Additionally, how long the process will be before I get any final information.

“I have not yet received the letter of infraction and have been told that I won’t for up to another 10 weeks and to make things harder I’ve been informed that I could be waiting another 9 months from now till I get a finalised hearing.

“My team are doing everything they can to fast track this process but it’s so hard when we aren’t in control of how and when things happen.

“I made a promise to myself that I would never stop fighting for my dream as an Australian Dolphin or my character as I know I have, nor will I ever take a drug of any kind intentionally,” the post reads.

Read the full post below.

 

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Hi everyone, I know you haven’t heard from me in some time but I have been taking time to ensure my mental health is properly supported and managed, as this whole process has been a test on its strength. I’d like to thank the people who have, from day one, been by my side and supported me without a doubt. Although he can’t talk I am so grateful my boy Hugo entered my life during this time to give me unconditional love and cuddles when I couldn’t stop crying. I have found that I am struggling most with accepting the current situation, how much it has not only impacted my swimming career but my everyday life. Additionally, how long the process will be before I get any final information. I have not yet received the letter of infraction and have been told that I won’t for up to another 10 weeks and to make things harder I’ve been informed that I could be waiting another 9 months from now till I get a finalised hearing. My team are doing everything they can to fast track this process but it’s so hard when we aren’t in control of how and when things happen. I made a promise to myself that I would never stop fighting for my dream as an Australian Dolphin or my character as I know I have, nor will I ever take a drug of any kind intentionally.

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