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Former Olympic diving champion Chantelle Newbery fronts court on drug and stealing charges 

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Former Olympic diving champion Chantelle Newbery had a bright future ahead of her when she won gold in Athens in 2004.

But her life has since gone into free-fall.

This week, she appeared before Queensland’s Cleveland Magistrates Court on theft and drugs charges. 

The charges come just months after the former golden girl turned to the Salvation Army for help as she mourned the tragic deaths of her partner and a close friend.

The charges included stealing, possession property suspected of being used in a drug offence and possession of drug utensils.

According to court documents, Newbery allegedly stole groceries from a local IGA supermarket on April 26, Redlands Community News reported.

The mother-of-two was then allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia and utensils, including a pipe at her Redland Bay home on May 20. 

Former diving champion Chantelle Newbery has faced court on a string of drug and stealing charges (pictured is Newbery with her new partner Luke)

Former diving champion Chantelle Newbery has faced court on a string of drug and stealing charges (pictured is Newbery with her new partner Luke)

Former diving champion Chantelle Newbery has faced court on a string of drug and stealing charges (pictured is Newbery with her new partner Luke) 

The matter was adjourned until later this month.

Tragically Newbery’s partner Tim Walsh died 12 months ago this week after the pair dated for 18 months. 

‘No words.. Just loss.. Sadness.. Devastation and many tears… I love you Tim,’ she wrote on Facebook on July 5 last year.

‘He was one of my besties for five years until we eventually switched from friends to lovers.. we didn’t have a great start.

‘In fact we both fought hard (and each other) and persevered more than most would to stay in a relationship that seemed doomed… there were sparks flying that’s for sure! We eventually found our wings and we did take off.

‘My unit feels empty and lonely without him.’

Newbery was with Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 month before his death last July

Newbery was with Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 month before his death last July

Newbery was with Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 month before his death last July

Newbery won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens for the 10 metre platform

Newbery won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens for the 10 metre platform

Newbery won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens for the 10 metre platform

At the time, Newbery was also mourning the death of close friend Jason Guise, whose body was found in a sewage holding tank in Brisbane in last May. 

‘Nooo, please don’t be dead,’ Newbery posted at the time, along with a photo of the pair.

‘I don’t believe you are dead Jason. F*** call me now. Tell everyone they are wrong! Love ya mate. Please be OK.’

Newbery fell into a deep depression as a result of the heartbreaking losses and  turned to the Salvation Army for help.

‘Picking myself up after the cyclone of 2019,’ Newbery’s Instagram profile states.

The social media account is filled with photos of her late partner, her sons Jet and Ryder, along with her new partner, who she says is helping her get through difficult times. 

‘Thank you Luke… for helping me get through this difficult time.. for being patient while I put my brave pants back on and start living back in the real world. You are pretty special,’ Newbery wrote on May 16.

Newbery will return to court later this month on stealing and drugs charges

Newbery will return to court later this month on stealing and drugs charges

Newbery will return to court later this month on stealing and drugs charges

Newbery also mourned the death of close friend Jason Guise (pictured together) last May

Newbery also mourned the death of close friend Jason Guise (pictured together) last May

Newbery also mourned the death of close friend Jason Guise (pictured together) last May

Newbery became the first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold in the 10 metre platform at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

She also won two gold and three silver medals at the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She was later awarded an OAM and honoured in the Australian Institute of Sports Awards, ‘Best of the Best’.

Newbery’s struggles began months after her third Olympics in Beijing in 2008, where she failed to recapture her previous success.

She told Woman’s Day magazine in 2009 she had admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital for chronic depression.

She also attempted to take her own life twice.

On A Current Affair in 2014 Newbery spoke of her struggles to be a good mother to her children after her marriage to fellow diving champion Robert Newbery broke down.

Chantelle Newbery dives for gold in 2004 to become first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years

Chantelle Newbery dives for gold in 2004 to become first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years

Chantelle Newbery dives for gold in 2004 to become first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years

Chantelle Newbery’s diving career 

Diver Chantelle Newbery burst onto the international scene as a 20-year-old at the 1998 world titles in Perth, where she won bronze in the 3m springboard.

Chantelle Newbery on the dais after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics

Chantelle Newbery on the dais after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics

Chantelle Newbery on the dais after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics 

She competed at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur later that year, where she won gold in the 1m springboard and silver in the 3m springboard.

Newbery competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where she just missed out on a medal in the synchronised 3m springboard event.

She missed the 2002 Commonwealth Games with the birth of her first son.

In 2004, she became the first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold in the 10 metre platform at the Olympics in Athens.

In 2005, she was awarded an OAM and and became the 22nd athlete to be honoured in the Australian Institute of Sports Awards, ‘Best of the Best’.

Success continued with a gold and two silvers at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne before giving birth to her second son later that year.

Newbery retired from diving after her third Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, where she failed to medal.

 

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