Former Olympic gymnast Kylie Shadbolt leaving court after being sentenced for drink driving again. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
Former Olympic gymnast Kylie Shadbolt leaving court after being sentenced for drink driving again. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN

Olympian in second booze bust in three years

A DISGRACED former Olympic gymnast has fronted court on her second high range drink-driving charge in less than three years.

Kylie Noele Shadbolt, who represented Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Games, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Cairns Magistrates Court after being busted five times over the legal limit following a boozy Melbourne Cup day function.

The 45-year-old recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.286 after another motorist called police when Shadbolt's vehicle nearly collided with her vehicle on Stewart St, Edmonton, on November 7 this year.

"When questioned about her driving she replied that she hadn't driven for hours," police prosecutor Acting Sergeant Morgan Harris said.

Shadbolt had been drinking wine at a work Melbourne Cup function before driving home.

It's the second time Shadbolt has faced court for high-range drink-driving in the last three years.

On June 14, 2015, she was pulled over with a blood alcohol reading of 0.314.

Her sentence was reduced after she told the court she had spent $64,000 on a seven-week rehabilitation program.

And in August last year Shadbolt pleaded guilty to public nuisance after drunkenly abusing her neighbour.

Legal Aid Queensland solicitor Trish Price said her client had been under a lot of stress following the death of her father, while her mother was in a high care nursing home.

"To her credit ... Shadbolt does recognise that she has an issue with alcohol and that is demonstrative with her history," Ms Price said.

Magistrate Robert Spencer said it was an early plea but added that her reading was a major concern considering the danger she would have been to herself and others on the road.

She was given 12 months probation and disqualified from driving for a year.



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