Australia’s Olympic swimming hopes in jeopardy after athletes enjoyed a pre-Tokyo getaway on Magnetic Island at the same time it was exposed to Covid by an unvaccinated hospital worker
Five Australian swimmers Olympics hopes are in doubt taking an ill-fated pre-games holiday on Magnetic Island on the same day as a woman who later tested positive for the Indian Delta variant.
The Olympians were in Covid hotspots Townsville and Magnetic Island at the same time as the 19-year-old Brisbane hospital worker who has Covid and is understood to have travelled for 10 days while infectious.
The five swimmers are Olympic gold medallists Mack Horton, Madison Wilson, Kyle Chalmers and former world junior champ Tamsin Cook and Zac Incerti.
The swimmers must now undergo Covid tests and stay separately from the rest of the Australian team of 35 prior to their departure for the Tokyo Olympics.
Madi Wilson’s ‘adventure of a Sunday’ on Magnetic Island landed her and four other Australian Olympians in hot water when they were on the island at the same time as a woman who tested positive for the Indian Delta variant
Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson and Tamsin Cook took a ‘topless’ car trip around Magnetic Island during the ill-fated visit
Australian swimmers Mack Horton, Zac Incerti and Kyle Chalmers on Magnetic Island on Sunday. After being on the island at the same time as a positive Indian Delta Covid case they must now be split from the other Australian Olympians
Around 2,500 people on Magnetic Island were urged to get tested because of potential exposure to the highly transmissible strain.
The Magnetic Island coffee cart and ferry terminal were later listed as exposure sites and anyone at those locations on Sunday was considered a close contact.
The teenager had flown from Brisbane Airport to Townsville before heading to nearby Magnetic Island on Thursday June 24.
After three nights on the island, she returned to Townsville and attended the popular markets in Townsville’s CBD on Sunday, June 27 before testing positive to the virus on Monday.
‘An adventure of a Sunday,’ backstroker Wilson wrote on an Instagram shot taken on Magnetic Island over the same weekend.
The ill-fated journey of the 19-year-old woman who sparked Queensland’s three-day lockdown
The swimmers posted their holiday snaps on social media – earning a rebuke from some frustrated members of the public.
‘How much of the country is locked down and you post happy snaps of your holiday. People are loosing livelihoods and who knows what but enjoy your holiday,’ one man wrote in reply to a photo Mack Horton posted to Instagram of himself driving a convertible.
A Swimming Australia spokesperson said the five swimmers were headed for a pre-games camp in Cairns where the team of 35 is now in lockdown – but would be housed separately from other coaches and swimmers.
‘We will follow government health advice and be tested immediately as per the advice for low-risk contacts.’
Australian swimmers Madi Wilson and Zac Incerti (pictured) on Magnetic Island on Sunday
While Sydney was in lockdown, this was Olympic swimmer Mack Horton’s view from high on Magnetic Island on Sunday
All 35 received their second Covid vaccination shots in Adelaide before flying to training locations in Queensland, prior to their pre-arranged camp at Cairns on July 3.
South East Queensland, Magnetic Island, Townsville and Palm Island began a three day lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday.
Other swimmers who had been in South East Queensland – an area also headed into lockdown – were shifted to Cairns on Monday night.
The Olympics is due to start on July 23, with the swimming due to begin on July 24 and end on August 1.
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Sunday, June 20, 9.30am-10.30am: Sandgate Woolworths
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Tues-Wed, June 22-23: Prince Charles Hospital from 3:00pm to 10:00pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday last week.
Thursday, June 24: The woman travelled with her family on VA369 from Brisbane to Townsville on at 10:00am. They were in Brisbane Airport for an hour prior and then when they landed at Townsville airport and stayed at the Cafe Brewery in the airport for an hour
Thursday, June 24-Sun June 27: Magnetic Island.
Sunday, June 27: Travelled from Magnetic Island back to Townsville. They went to the Sunday morning markets in Townsville City late morning, then caught VA374 from Townsville to Brisbane on Sunday, June 27, landing at Brisbane Airport at 2.55pm