Bright appalled by ‘meddling parents’ of Aussie Olympians

Snowboard champ Torah Bright has distanced herself from the so-called ‘Team Outcast’ and says she’s “appalled” by the behaviour of the father of teammate Belle Brockhoff.

Brockhoff’s father, Bruce, slammed Australian Olympic officials on Sunday for a perceived lack of support and recognition for his daughter.

In an open email to Olympic officials, Brockhoff claims Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, who will compete for gold in Sochi tonight, has received too much funding while his daughter has received very little.

He claimed Pullin received $1 million in funding while his daughter had only been given $38,000.

Brockhoff Snr says he sold his tickets to the Games in protest at the disparity.

"Mr Brockhoff should be held accountable for his words," a disgusted Bright said.

"And . . . I am speechless. I am appalled, actually.

"Belle has put on such a show. To have this have any shadow over her is beyond me.

"It's about these guys competing. It's not about parents meddling. It's not about using someone else as the vehicle for their own purpose."

Belle Brockhoff finished a commendable eighth in the women’s snowboard cross on Sunday.

Bright has been the face of small group of Aussie athletes protesting about a lack of funding, using the hashtag #teamoutcast on Twitter.

But the 27-year-old has distanced herself from the campaign and urged team unity.

"This is kind of something we should all move on from, because we're all Australians united as an Australian team. We need to forget this craziness.

"I don't want to answer any more questions about it. We're here at the Olympics, and we know we've done incredible things.

"Teamoutcast, to me, is something I did to support the people who were an outcast. It was other snowboarders, outside of Australia.

“For some reason, it's been turned into addressing someone else's agenda, and I am not going to have any part of it because they are using me and the silly little hashtag as the vehicle for their own agenda."

Brockhoff’s Snr has issued an apology to Pullin and other male snowboarders for attacking them in his email outburst.

But he refused to back down in his campaign to get recognition for his daughter.

"It was never my intention to upset the men's boardercross event nor any one of the contestants especially Alex "Chumpy" Pullin, Jarryd Hughes nor Cam Bolton on the Australian team," he posted.

"The intention of my email to the press was to point out reasons why some of the Australian boardercross team felt the need to form a lose (sic) group supporting one another calling themselves #teamoutcast.

"The reason I issued the email Sunday was to gain maximum publicity hot on the heals of my daughter Belle's race at her first Olympics. To delay this email I felt would lesson its impact.

"The full story of what has transpired is being written at the moment and will appear in the newspapers ASAP complete with copies of supporting emails and one recording of a meeting in May."

Belle Brockhoff hasn't publically commented on her father's statements.

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