Being an Olympic gold medallist counts for little in the eyes of the law

Just ask kayak gold medallist Dave Smith who was slugged with a $700 fine as he tried to make his way home after touching down in Australia from his London heroics.

Smith, who won gold as a member of Australia’s K4 1000m team, was hit with the fine for driving an unregistered vehicle.

Smith had been overseas for four months and the vehicle registration had expired one week before he touched back down in Australia.

“We haven’t got emails or received paperwork, and the last thing you look at after being four months away is your car registration when you go for a drive,” Smith told the Illawarra Mercury.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the fact I got a $700 fine, but oh well, it’s the law – what can you do?”

Smith said he had tried to offer an explanation by telling the policeman he had returned from the Olympics but the vigilant law enforcement officer “wasn’t really interested”.

Jacob Clear, David Smith, Tate Smith and Murray Stewart – the men’s K4 gold medal winners – show off their medals on arriving back in Australia.

Picture made by: Brad Hunter

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