Ariarne finishes a race with a serious expression on her face.

Ariarne Titmus says media scrutiny around Kyle Chalmers had potential to impact the whole team

As the curtain closed on another stellar Commonwealth Games swimming campaign from the Australian Dolphins, one of the stars of the team has revealed how Kyle Chalmers’s unwanted media attention and mental health struggles had rippled through the squad she describes as “a family”.

“I think we all kind of feel part of it,” said Ariarne Titmus, moments after winning her fourth gold medal of the week, for the 400m Freestyle.

“Because we are all so close, we are such a close team, and I think that’s why we perform so well, because we have each others’ backs.

“I think it potentially can affect us emotionally because they’re our friends, they’re teammates. We’re like a family and we don’t like seeing people upset and put through duress.

“And we’ve come out killed here and done our best and done our country proud and I think the swimming does the talking. We’ve it this week and I hope that Australia is proud of our performance and we’ve done our absolute best for the country and we’re going to go home with some extra luggage.”

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