Australian swimmer Madeline Groves announced she’d be withdrawing from Australia’s swimming trials for the upcoming Tokyo Games and said “misogynistic perverts in sport” were to blame.
The two-time Olympic silver medalist posted a note on Instagram, telling fans that she would not be taking part in the Olympic Trials in Adelaide, which start this weekend. she also added that she felt “so grateful to feel so supported in this decision” and “very relieved.”
In a separate Twitter post, Groves added a further note as to why she’s skipping this year’s Olympic Trials: “Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic
Singer Cody Simpson was dominating attention ahead of Australia’s Olympic swimming trials, until Maddie Groves withdrew from the six-day meet following a series of social media posts condemning “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.
Groves didn’t detail her allegations, which initially surfaced last year, and Swimming Australia president Kieren Perkins on Friday said he was trying to contact the two-time Olympic silver medalist.
“We have had an ongoing dialogue that has been generated by Maddie through social media. We reached out with her in December 2020 to try to engage with her on these concerns she has,” Perkins told the Australian
Swimmer Madeline Groves has decided that she has had enough and will not compete in Australia’s Olympic trials this summer.
Why? Apparently, it’s because she has dealt with “misogynistic perverts” in the sport and doesn’t want to be exploited by them.
Groves originally made her announcement on Instagram but took to Twitter to call out the people who “body shame or medically gaslight” young women and girls in swimming.
Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers – You can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Double Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves has pulled out of Australia’s swimming trials for the Tokyo Games, citing “misogynistic perverts in sport”.
Groves, who won silver in the 200 metres butterfly and 4×100 medley at the 2016 Rio Games, announced her decision on Instagram before following up with a furious tirade on Twitter on Thursday.
“Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers — You can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them and then expect them to represent you so you can earn