Caulfield Grammar shamed over Mack Horton name game

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'I couldn't think of anyone better for the school to name the facility after. I would've thought he'd be the type of person all of the students look up to.'

Caulfield Grammar's decision to leave the name of former student and Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton off its new aquatic centre has drawn widespread criticism.revealed that the school had intended to name the $25 million facility after the Olympic champion, but those plans had been scrapped in order to preserve its commercial interests in China.A spokeswoman for Caulfield Grammar declined to comment on the decision to disassociate the pool from Horton.

The decision followed fierce backlash stemming from Horton's refusal to share a medals dais at the FINA World Championships with Sun Yang, one of China’s most celebrated athletes.Former track and field Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist David Culbert said the decision sent the wrong message to students.

"I couldn't think of anyone better for the school to name the facility after. I would've thought he'd be the type of person all of the students look up to. "We can debate the action that Mack took - which I didn't agree with because I think you have to respect the medal ceremony - but good on him for standing up for what he believes in.

"If the school was going to name the facility after him, but then decided not to because of that, it sends the wrong message to students - don't stand up for what you believe in if there's a cost involved."Sun competed at the FINA championships shrouded by a doping cloud after a leaked report alleged he smashed blood samples with a hammer after being visited by testers last year.


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Do people enjoy the pile-on, seasoned with classist and racist outrage? Or do they read what the school had to say? Mmm. Decisions. 🤔

Surely Australia shouldn’t kow tow to the Chinese or anyone else. Our growelling makes us unworthy of respect in the international community

The school never had plans to name the new swim centre after Mack Horton and are not planning to do so. This was relayed to parents this morning by the Principal Ashleigh Martin.

We might well change the name of our country to New Beijing.

School has a new name too, Bank of China. Appalling on so many levels but proof there is no ethical benefit to sending your children to private schools. After all, isn’t all about who’s back they’ll end up scratching?

Why? Because he is a bad sport hypocrite

Not worth the time, the school is racist.

Caulfield Grammer where a very high portion of students are chinese

Money talks...especially Chinese money 😉.... disgusting

Too many industries in Australia that rely on Chinese business nowadays.. balance of things is shifting way too much

So disappointing of Caulfield Grammar! I guess that China money is worth that much more than the local money.. shows you this ain’t nothing but a business

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