Olympic boxer and reality TV contestant Harry Garside reveals the ‘mental warzone’ he’s fighting ahead of trial over allegations of assault against a former partner
- Garside was arrested at Sydney Airport
- Came after his time on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
- Boxer shares how he’s dealing with the allegations
Olympic boxer turned reality TV star Harry Garside has revealed he is mentally in a “war zone” as the court alleges he assaulted a former partner.
Garside took to social media on Friday to let it be known that he is mentally “at war” with himself after being charged with assault in court.
The 25-year-old was arrested at Sydney Airport earlier this month as he was flying home from South Africa after filming I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
On an emotional one Instagram post, the boxer said he promised himself he would meditate and “get a freshwater source every day” — acts he says he has slipped out of his daily routine.
Garside is charged with assaulting a former partner after he was arrested at Sydney Airport following his appearance on the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Garside announced himself at the 2018 Commonwealth Games before winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics
“For the past three weeks I’ve been in a sort of war zone with myself mentally, and I found myself finding it very difficult to sit alone to meditate,” said Garside.
“Almost at the beginning of the three weeks I stopped meditating, and it’s so interesting to see the effect.”
He said he found it “really hard to move” and then began “thrashing himself” during practice sessions and trying hard to “stay out of his mind.”
“It’s very strange that when you’re at war with yourself mentally and you lose sight of one thing, and then you lose sight of other things and you just go into a negative feedback loop,” he said.
Garside appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! before his arrest and reached the final where he was defeated by netball champion Liz Ellis
Garside is at a crossroads in his career and admits he would rather give the sport away than compete in the Paris Olympics
NSW police arrested the boxer, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, as he made his way to baggage claim and charged him with domestic violence for assault against his former partner.
According to court documents, Garside allegedly assaulted his former partner Ashley Ruscoe on March 1 between 4 and 7 p.m. on Bellevue Hill.
Garside appeared in court at Downing Center in Sydney on Wednesday alongside high-profile defamation lawyer Sue Chrysanthou and barrister Rebekah Giles.
Ms Chrysanthou told the court there was video showing Garside’s alleged victim, ex-girlfriend Ashley Ruscoe, as the aggressor.
The case will go to court on June 7.