Former Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry has revealed the details of her abusive childhood.
In a preview of an upcoming episode of the SBS Who Do You Think You Are? Program, the 58-year-old woman said she saw her late father Roy hit her mother Pat.
Lisa explained how she and her siblings, Scott, 61, and Melanie, 54, have witnessed “fighting” and “bruising” for years.
“ There have been several years when we have had pretty horrific domestic violence in our homes, ” Lisa revealed in the episode, which will air on June 9.
“As children, we witnessed the fights and the fact that dad hit mom and bruises. Mom always said, “I have three kids and a grand piano … where am I going to go?” She couldn’t leave, ”she continued.
“ We have witnessed the fighting and the bruising ”: Olympian Lisa Curry, 58, (photo) revealed details of her abusive childhood in a preview of the SBS Who Do You Think You Are? Photographed at a press conference in April 2008
Pat, Lisa’s mother, eventually left the relationship, divorcing Roy when Lisa was 15 years old.
The former Ironwoman said that despite a “ distant ” relationship with her father in the years before her death, aged 83 in 2015, she was able to find closure.
“I see my mom still suffering. She is 85 years old and still sees a psychologist. I know that (domestic violence) has affected people for a very, very long time.
Lisa used her experience of abuse to help others, supporting charitable non-profit hairdressers with hearts.
Cycle of Abuse: The former Ironwoman explained in detail how she saw her late father Roy (center pictured) hitting her mother Pat “ for years ”. We also see Lisa (center), her sister Melanie and her brother Scott
The charity aims to see hairdressers and barbers provide appropriate resources to connect clients in situations of family violence with professional support services.
Lisa is a former Olympic swimmer who represented Australia 16 times from 1977 to 1992.
She has won 15 gold medals and is the only Australian swimmer to hold Commonwealth and Australian records on every stroke except on the back.
On Wednesday, Lisa told her Instagram followers that she is going to be a grandmother again, sharing the news that her daughter Morgan is pregnant for the second time.
Lisa said about her mother Pat (photo): “ I see my mother still suffering. She is 85 years old and still sees a psychologist. I know that (domestic violence) has affected people for a very long time. ”
‘YES!! I’m going to be a grandmother again, ”she wrote.
Lisa is married to artist Mark Tabone and the couple lives on a large estate in Maleny, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
The former competitive swimmer married the Elvis impersonator in 2018. They married in an intimate ceremony in Queensland.
Last month, the fitness advocate announced that she is transforming her $ 1.125 million luxury estate on the Sunshine Coast into a wellness retreat.
“My very talented husband Mark and I have been busy redeveloping our property to create a beautiful, serene retreat in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
The company will offer health and fitness workshops, yoga and glamping.
Closing: Lisa (also pictured in April 2008) said who do you think you are? that she was able to find a closure and go from her troubled childhood
Lisa was previously married to Ironman Grant Kenny with whom she shares three children.
The couple separated after 23 years of marriage in 2009.
Lisa later stated that she had been diagnosed with the syndrome of women rushing by a naturopath, who she said had strained marriage.
The condition is often mistaken for depression and is the result of constant haste and can lead to stress and other health problems.
Lisa told A Current Affair that the condition has created a rift between the couple and created “ tension for us for many years ”.
Who do you think you are? also presented Bert Newton, Cameron Daddo, Denise Scott, Julie Bishop and Lisa Wilkinson.
The program begins Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on SBS, with the episode of Lisa Curry on June 9.
For support to domestic violence, please call the national hotline 1800RESPECT at 1 800 737 732.
Reasonable Cause: Lisa used her experience of abuse to help others, supporting charitable, not-for-profit hairdressers with Hearts. Her episode of Who do you think you are? broadcast on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. on SBS