Australian swimmer Madeline Groves has announced she will be retiring from Australian swimming trials for the upcoming Tokyo Games and said “the misogynistic perverts in the sport” were to blame.
The two-time Olympic silver medalist posted a note on Instagram, telling fans she will not be competing in the Olympic trials in Adelaide, which begins this weekend. she also added that she felt “so grateful to feel so supported in this decision” and “very relieved”.
In another post on Twitter, Groves added another note explaining why she’s skipping this year’s Olympic Trials: “Let this serve as a lesson to all the misogynistic perverts in the sport and their bootlickers – You can’t exploit any more. young women and girls, bodily shame or medically turn them on, then expect them to represent you so that you can earn your annual bonus. Time is up.”
The 26-year-old’s remarks follow complaints she shared on Twitter in November and December 2020. Groves explained a situation where a “well-known trainer” spoke to her in a “scary voice,” then apologized to her because “the psychiatrist team told her to do it.
In another round of tweets, Groves spoke of a man staring at her in his swimsuit and making her uncomfortable.
Swimming Australia, the national sport governing body, then released a statement in response to Groves ‘claims that said:’ Swimming Australia contacted Maddie in December 2020 to inquire about a tweet she sent that referred to potential abuse by someone connected with swimming. “
The statement continued, “Maddie declined to provide further information, and we have no previous recorded complaints from Maddie. All allegations regarding child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia. We consider the well-being, safety and well-being of children and young people to be paramount, and we have a duty to educate ourselves to uphold the standards of our sport. “
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