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Hackett ready to be Dolphins mentor

  • Hackett ready to be Dolphins mentor

    Grant Hackett says his latest meltdown has left him more qualified than ever to be a team mentor.

Fallen Olympic champion Grant Hackett believes he is more qualified than ever to be an Australian swimming team mentor after his latest meltdown.

Hackett says he has plenty of wisdom to share with the Dolphins, even suggesting world champion James Magnussen's shock London Olympic 100m silver medal result could have been avoided if he had been by his side.

Swimming Australia have confirmed they will not be taking mentors to the Rio Olympics in the fallout over Hackett's bizarre drunken behaviour on a plane, in which he was accused of tweaking a fellow passenger's nipple.

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However, Hackett still hoped to be involved with the team in the future, and said his latest fall from grace had provided another life lesson that he could pass onto the Dolphins.

"As much as these experiences are negative and have hurt ... going through the ups and downs I have had may create greater guidance to athletes I want to help," Hackett said.

He will seek professional help in a bid to quit drinking after his latest controversy on the flight back from this month's Olympic swim trials in Adelaide where he failed to qualify for Rio, ending his comeback.

The triple Olympic gold medallist felt he could still make a difference with the national team.

"I do know what it takes to win an Olympic gold medal," he said.

"And there are a lot of people on that team who've got an opportunity and talent to win one.

"I would hate to see a situation like James Magnussen where he missed out on gold by a hundredth of a second because someone wasn't on his side giving him the right advice.

"I would love to be there for people who want my support."

Hackett previously found himself under scrutiny after he trashed the Melbourne apartment he shared with his former wife, Candice Alley, in 2011 and was seen semi-naked searching for his lost son in a hotel foyer in early 2014.

But arguably the most recent incident was the most bizarre.

After reclining his seat on an April 17 flight from Adelaide, a passenger claimed the dual Olympic champion reached between the seats, grabbed his chest and tweaked his nipple in what he described as a "sexual assault".

Still, Hackett believed he had not burnt bridges with the Dolphins.

"I will always be involved with the Australian team, whatever level that is on I am not too sure," he said.

"I understand the team is not taking any mentors to the Olympics, (but) I will always support the guys on the team.

"In any way I can support them on a personal level and give them guidance and help, I will certainly provide that."

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