Harry Garside, who won Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal in 1988 in Tokyo, has been fined A$5,454 ($3,976) for breaching COVID-19 lockdown regulations by hosting a celebration over the weekend in Melbourne, Australian media reported on Monday. Garside, a plumber, won bronze within the men’s lightweight category earlier this month. The 24-year-old had completed his mandatory quarantine in Brisbane on Friday, each day before the party.
“I haven’t seen my friends in six months and selfishly had 10 people at my house,” he told Channel Seven. “I know that it had been the incorrect thing to try to and there’s no excuse.” Garside’s mother said he had learned his lesson. “He knows he has done the incorrect thing and he will suffer any consequences. He’s handling the fall-out and he has fully co-operated with police,” she said.
Victoria, the country’s second-most populous state, is in its sixth lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic and reported 73 new locally acquired coronavirus cases within the 24-hour period to Sunday evening. Premier Dan Andrews has signaled that coronavirus restrictions are likely to be extended given the continued spread of the Delta variant.