Champion kayaker charged after fleeing with surf ski
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL email@example.com
FORMER Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been charged after allegedly stealing a surf ski from the Byron Bay Surf Club. Police allege the door of the club was kicked down about 9.30pm on Monday. Baggaley, 31, was allegedly seen by the club's caretaker as he fled the scene with the surf ski. Police said other witnesses had reported seeing a vehicle leave the Main Beach area with the ski strapped to its top. Club president Mark Brown said the stolen ski was a carbon-fibre model worth about $2500, however, he declined to comment on accusations Baggaley was the thief. Baggaley, a three-time world champion kayaker who grew up in Byron Bay, was arrested and charged with break, enter and steal in the early hours of Tuesday. He is due to appear in the Byron Bay Local Court on August 10. The dual Olympic silver medallist has expressed a desire to compete at next year's Beijing Games, but was banned in 2005 after testing positive for steroids. He claimed they were in his system because he'd sipped from his brother's juice, which contained stanozolol and methandienone.