DOUBLE-BARRELLED STANDARDS: Swim team held bonding session on gun range
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by: By HENRY BUDD
June 11, 2012 12:00AM
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Swimming Australia took the team to a rifle range in 2007
"Shooters don't get into trouble for posing in their speedos"
D'Arcy and Monk will meet Swimming Australia this week
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The images of the bonding session show golden girl Trickett firing an antique weapon.
In what now smacks of hypocrisy, the Australian Olympic Committee on Friday ruled the images of D'Arcy and Monk posing with the weapons had brought them into disrepute.
They ordered the swimmers leave London as soon as their events are completed at the upcoming Olympics and banned them from using social media at the Games.
But yesterday, Sullivan backed the under-siege pair.
"They haven't really done anything wrong," he said.
"Shooting is an Olympic sport and shooters don't get into trouble for posing in their Speedos." He said the D'Arcy-Monk pose, brandishing high-powered weapons in a US gun shop, was just a case of "boys being boys".
D'Arcy and Monk returned to Australia on Friday and apologised for the photos, which appeared on Facebook and Twitter before Swimming Australia ordered the swimmers to pull them down.
The 24-year-olds will meet with Swimming Australia officials this week.
Meanwhile, a sexy shooter posing for a men's magazine wearing nothing but a bikini and a rifle has been given the all clear by the AOC.
In what will also lead to accusations of double standards, the sporting body gave its blessing for shooter Lauryn Mark to strip down for Zoo Weekly magazine. AOC spokesman Mike Tancred said the governing body was not cancelling the shoot.
"She is a professional shooter, a gun is the tool of trade for her, and she treats it with the ultimate respect," Tancred said.