Australian Olympic Legend Issues Apology after Using Racial Slur to Describe Team St.Kitts-Nevis Volleyballers During Commonwealth Games Match

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Australian Olympic Legend Kerri Pottharst and St Clair Hodge at forefront with Shawn Seabrokes in the Background of Saint Kitts and Nevis competes during the Beach Volleyball Source:Getty Images

Kerri Pottharst


Australian Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst says she didn’t mean to cause offence after labelling St.Kitts-Nevis beach volleyballers “human lamingtons” during a Commonwealth Games broadcast.

Pottharst was commentating on  Australian pair Damien Schumann and Chris McHugh’s win over St Kitts and Nevis duo St Clair Hodge and Shawn Seabrookes on Sunday.

During the match the 52 year-old Sydney 2000 Olympic champion said the St Kitts players resembled “human lamingtons” with the sand stuck to their sweaty bodies.

St Clair Hodge of Saint Kitts and Nevis takes his sunglasses off to wipe sand from his eye
Source:Getty Images

Pottharst’s comments about St Kitts and Nevis duo St Clair Hodge and Shawn Seabrookes went down like a led balloon with fans on social media, The Herald Sun reports.

Pottharst has since apologised.

“I made a comment I unreservedly apologise for and sincerely regret,” she said.

“It was 100 per cent not meant to offend.”

In February former aerial skiing champion Jacqui Cooper said Chinese competitors “look the same” during Seven’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Cooper later said her remarks were about the competitors’ style and technique, not their physical appearance.

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