WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Top swimmer Madeline Groves announced she will not compete at Australia’s swimming trials for the Tokyo Games due to “misogynistic perverts in sport”.
- The two-time Olympic silver medalist posted her complaints about a “well-known coach” on Twitter in November and December 2020.
- Groves did not provide additional details nor identify the ‘pervert.’
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Madeline Groves announced she’d be pulling out from Australia’s swimming trials for the upcoming Tokyo Games and blamed “misogynistic perverts in sport” for her decision.
The 26-year-old star swimmer posted a note on Instagram, informing her fans that she would not be competing in the Olympic Trials in Adelaide. The trials will start this weekend. Groves also added that she felt “very relieved” and “so grateful to feel so supported in this decision.”
In another Twitter post, the star swimmer hinted an additional explanation as to why she’s skipping this year’s Olympic Trials: “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 your annual bonus. Time’s UP.”
In November and December 2020, Groves posted on Twitter with complaints about her experience. She described a situation where a “well known coach” approached and talked to her in a “creepy af voice.” The ‘coach’ later apologized to her because “the team psych told him to.”
In another Twitter post, Groves talked about a man staring at her in her bathing suit and making her uncomfortable.
Responding to Groves’ allegations, Swimming Australia later released a statement: “Swimming Australia reached out to Maddie in December 2020 to enquire about a tweet sent by her that referenced potential abuse by someone connected with swimming.”
The statement continued: “Maddie declined to provide further information, nor do we have any previous complaints on record from Maddie. All allegations concerning child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia. We consider the welfare, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as paramount, and we have a duty to make inquiries to uphold the standards of our sport.”
Swimming Australia is the sport’s national governing body.