Australian boxer Harry Garside has proven that not all Olympic athletes need to behave like hooligans on international flights.
Following his triumphant Olympic campaign in Tokyo, the bronze medallist showed his class with a generous act on the plane journey home this morning.
Garside posted a video of his business class plane ticket to Instagram on Monday, captioning the clip: “First time ever, cmonnnnsi.”
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But the 24-year-old later shared a picture from inside the plane, seated up the back with the rest of the Australian Olympic team.
After touching down in Australia, Garside revealed he had given the business class ticket to his coach, Kevin Smith.
“The question on everyone’s mind coach is how was business class?” Garside asked his coach in an Instagram video.
Smith replied with a laugh: “I don’t remember much about it, because pretty much as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was away.”
Last week, an investigation was launched into alleged alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour by Australia’s rugby sevens and football teams on their journey home from the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Airlines sent a written complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee following the inappropriate behaviour on the flight, 7 News first reported.
Garside pulled off a stunning victory over Kazakhstan‘s Zakir Safiullin in the lightweight quarterfinals last week to become Australia’s first Olympic medallist since Spike Cheney in 1988.
The fight was almost too close to call, at least for the commentators, but the judges gave it 29-28 × 3 to Garside in a split decision.
However, he lost his subsequent semi-final contest against Cuba’s Andy Cruiz.
There is no bronze medal fight in the Olympics, so the semi-final appearance guaranteed Garside a medal with both losers getting a bronze.
“One of the biggest things that has been massive for (my preparation for) the Olympics, was that I do something once a month that makes me uncomfortable,” Garside told SEN’s Afternoons with Jimmy Smith.
“Last month I did 48 hours of no talking, which is really tough because I love talking.
“Did a month with no technology, I started ballet, I’ve done Karaoke, and I had to take it seriously.
“I had some really tough conversations, that is probably the hardest one I think for most males.
“Coming from a family where my dad is really old fashioned, having tough conversations with my dad and my ex partner, they were really challenging.
“I’ve been doing that since the start of 2019.”
– with Andrew McMurtry