Australian swimmer silver medalist Maddie groves makes a powerful statement and pulls out of the Olympic Trials … ripping off “misogynist perverts in sports” in the process.
Groves, 26, who finished second in the 200m butterfly and 4×100 medley at the 2016 Games, has been calling out to the swimming community for months … saying the men have made her uncomfortable watching her swimsuit or making “scary” comments.
Now Groves says she’s sick of it – leaves as she explains her decision not to participate in the trials in Adelaide.
“Let this serve as a lesson for all the misogynistic perverts of the sport and their bootlickers,” Groves said on Twitter Wednesday.
“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, shame them bodily or medically enlighten them and then expect them to represent you so that you can earn your annual bonus.”
Groves previously tweeted in November 2020 about an experience she had when she was 20… saying, “I just remember when a well-known trainer (not mine) asked me sure [university] and I told him one of my subjects was “Love, Relationships and Sex” and he said in that scary voice “Oh, you would know all about that”.
She added that the man later apologized, but believes it was because the team’s psychologist ordered him to do so.
Groves also shared in December that she had previously filed a complaint against “someone who works in swimming” looking at her swimsuit.
Swimming Australia issued a statement on Groves’ claims… saying she had contacted her for more information, but she declined.
“All allegations regarding child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia,” the org. said in a statement.
“We consider the well-being, safety and well-being of children and young people to be paramount, and we have a duty to conduct investigations to uphold the standards of our sport.”
However, Groves isn’t giving up the sport entirely – she says she’ll be back in competition later this year.