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Friends of banned Aussie swimming star Shayna Jack are concerned for her welfare

Friends of swim star Shayna Jack are ‘concerned for her welfare’ amid huge backlash over her failed drug test – as Kyle Sandilands unleashes on trolls for ‘kicking her when she’s down’

  • The 20-year-old tested positive for banned substance, Ligandrol, last month
  • Swimming Australia staff, radio personalities and loved ones are supporting her
  • Jack will fight her four-year ban when she faces officials in Canberra on Friday
  • She has faced criticism from the media, the public as well as online trolls 

Friends of Australian swimming star Shayna Jack are concerned for her welfare after she tested positive for banned substance, Ligandrol.

The 20-year-old, who failed a test ahead of the world championships in South Korea, will face a four-year ban unless she can prove her innocence.

Swimming Australia staff, radio personalities, as well as family and friends of Jack have stood by her side as she faces criticism from sections of the media and the public.

A four-year ban is the maximum penalty for swimmers caught using drugs classed as anabolic.

The freestyler, who has denied knowingly taking any banned substance, will meet with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority [ASADA] officials in Canberra on Friday. 

Friends of Australian swimming star Shayna Jack are concerned for her welfare after she was tested positive for banned substance, Ligandrol, last month

The 20-year-old, who failed a drug test ahead of the world championships in South Korea, will face a four-year ban unless she can prove her innocence

The 20-year-old, who failed a drug test ahead of the world championships in South Korea, will face a four-year ban unless she can prove her innocence

Swimming Australia staff, radio personalities, as well as family and friends of Jack have stood by her side as she faces criticism from the media and the public

Swimming Australia staff, radio personalities, as well as family and friends of Jack have stood by her side as she faces criticism from the media and the public

Former ASADA chief executive Richard Ings took to social media on Wednesday to express his concern for Jack.

‘This morning at my gym I had a chance to chat to a dual Olympic gold medallist Australian swimmer,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘People are concerned for the welfare of Ms Jack. This is just sport but it is also the field of dreams.

‘I also hope she has good support around her.’

Jack’s manager, Phil Stoneman, said she was ‘blown away’ to hear public support from KIIS 1065 radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O.

Sandilands described the strong backlash from the media, the public and online trolls as ‘the grossest form of behaviour’.

‘We’re kicking a 20-year-old girl while she’s down. The worst time of her life, all these a**eholes on the websites are slagging her off, saying the worst things you could ever imagine,’ he said.

Sandilands described the strong backlash from the media, the public and online trolls as 'the grossest form of behaviour'

Sandilands described the strong backlash from the media, the public and online trolls as ‘the grossest form of behaviour’

Stoneman described Jack’s possible four-year ban as a life ban, saying it is impossible for an athlete to put their career on hold for the length of time.

‘She’s on the front page of the paper again. She can’t walk down the street,’ Stoneman said.

‘People have made up their minds. Her life is literally changed within two weeks. I get a bit emotional about it because I’m just seeing what’s been happening to this poor girl and it’s just not right.’

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