Nathan Baggaley passes through the finish line to win the K1 500 meter race at 34th ICF Flatwater Racing World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia in August 2005.
Nathan Baggaley passes through the finish line to win the K1 500 meter race at 34th ICF Flatwater Racing World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia in August 2005.

Olympian pleads guilty to meth manufacturing

BYRON Bay-born Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley has pleaded guilty in a Sydney court to manufacturing crystal meth.

The 39-year-old triple world champion, who won two silver medals at the Athens Olympics, originally faced nine charges on the manufacture, import and supply of drugs.

Eight of the charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to manufacturing a marketable quantity of meth on Wednesday.

Baggaley was arrested in 2013 over his involvement in a syndicate with clandestine drug laboratories in residential areas of Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast.

He was suspended by the International Canoe Federation in 2005 after testing positive to banned steroids, 12 months after he was named was named Australian Athlete of the Year.

His brother, Dru Baggaley, 33, pleaded guilty in the same courtroom on Wednesday to aiding and abetting and conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs.

Nathan was released on bail to be sentenced on March 6.

His brother was remanded in custody for sentencing on the same date.

-APN NEWSDESK

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