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Monday, April 28, 2014

Geoff Huegill and wife Sara Hill caught with drugs

There is something seriously wrong with our elite swimmers, as another one bites the dust.

Geoff Huegill and his wife Sara, nee Hill, parents of two small children, were allegedly caught with cocaine at Randwick Racecourse last Saturday afternoon. 

Up to 30 uniformed and undercover police, along with several dogs, stormed private suites in an exclusive members area called The Stables and stopped people as they emerged from bathrooms.

The prosecution will allege that police went to level 4 of the grandstand after viewing CCTV footage of the couple walking into a disabled toilet in the Moet and Chandon Lounge, where they watched the final program of the Autumn Carnival.

The couple spent most of the day in private suite No 15.  A witness said police pulled him out of the suite and asked him why he was about to leave.  He looked nervous, refused to be searched and kept asking for a lawyer.

Geoff Huegill was one of the best bufferfly swimmers in the world and won 28 international medals and set eight world records.

In his book Be Your Best, he admitted taking drugs because "sooner or later, the truth catches up with you."  Describing the dark days of depression after he retired, he wrote "I remained trapped because I was so ineffective in my life outside the pool - the usual cycles kicked in again, plenty of alcohol and party drugs, I was arriving home from clubbing at 4 am, the hour I used to get up to train.......I now had debt collectors to deal with."  

Huegill took medication for clinical depression for several years after feeling "lost" outside the pool and is an ambassador for the Black Dog Institute.  

The couple will appear in Waverley Local Court on May 14.