Performance and image-enhancing drugs in the media: 2017

Media feature

‘Goldie’ arrested in Raptor blitz

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 December 2017, 225 words, Dan Proudman

Enforcer Rodney ‘Goldie’ Atkinson has been charged with possessing a gun and steroids during a five-day Strike Force Raptor blitz which has seen 46 people arrested and 117 charges laid.

Cosmetic doctor in watchdog’s sights

The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 December 2017, 509 words, Liam Mannix

Peptide spruiking: A Sydney-based model and cosmetic doctor has been referred to health authorities by the anti-doping watchdog after he enthusiastically endorsed muscle-building peptides.

Dank-rupt: sport scientist loses but pays nothing

The Australian, 11 October 2017, 1134 words, Chip Le Grand

A sports scientist who treated a footballer recovering from cancer with ‘reckless indifference’ and then sued the newspaper that exposed his conduct has not paid a dollar towards the $2 million cost of his failed defamation action in the NSW Supreme Court.

The colourful case of Dr Ageless v Freddie the Bear

The Age, 28 July 2017, 480 words, Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston

A suburban Hungry Jack’s might seem an odd place to resolve a multimillion-dollar business dispute. But given the colourful participants (the former body-builder and convicted drug trafficker Shane ‘Dr Ageless Charter), it’s not surprising the negotiation ended in a pro wrestling-style brawl with a chair used as a weapon.

The rise of ‘bigorexia’

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 2017, 1508 words, Kate Aubusson

Rising steroid use suggests muscle dysmorphia is a growing problem for men, writes Kate Aubusson.

Trainer may contest steroid charges

The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 2017, 463 words, Melanie Kembrey Court

Personal trainer James Blatch was all too happy to flex his muscles for the camera, posing on one occasion naked except for a Santa hat.

Don Dale guard’s lewd acts to ‘build rapport’

The Australian, 21 March 2017, 510 words, Amos Aikman

A former Don Dale youth justice officer videoed and later posted to social media footage of detainees urinating and eating ‘shit’, and himself making lewd comments to young boys. Lawyers acting for current and former Don Dale inmates ­accused Mr Zamolo of being a bully who abused steroids and lost his temper.

Your nation

The Australian, 15 March 2017, 296 words, No author

Bikie arrests after raids net drugs: More than 20 people have been arrested and 13 charged with serious offences after Melbourne raids by police investigating the Comancheros bikie gang.