LISA Curry has revealed she used swimming as a child as an escape from her family’s domestic violence — with the three-time Olympic champion claiming: “the pool was my safe place.”
Curry shocked her campmates on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! with the revelations, telling them she was “probably around the age of thirteen or fourteen [when] we had a lot of domestic violence in our house.”.
“I just wanted to be at the pool the whole time just to be away from what was happening at the house. I asked my mum if she would drop me off early and pick me up late. I used to sleep in my togs, mum never had to get me up, I loved being there. I don’t regret one day, I just had a ball.”
It is understood that the abusive family member is now deceased.
Curry is one of 11 celebrities competing on the Channel Ten reality series.
Curry is one of Australia’s most recognisable athletes, having won gold 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals.
She competed at several Commonwealth Games, as well as the Moscow, Los Angeles and Barcelona Olympic Games.
The mother of three learnt to swim after nearly drowning at the age of five.
At 10, she was scouted by Harry Gallager, the coach of Olympic great Dawn Fraser.