Two-time Olympic silver medallist Maddie Groves has quit Australia’s swimming trials and launched more explosive claims at unnamed “misogynistic perverts” she says exist in the sport.
Groves, who won two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, posted the latest broadside on social media on Thursday.
“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,” Groves wrote.
The Australian swimming trials begin on Saturday in Adelaide.
Groves, a butterfly swimmer from Queensland, reposted her claims on Instagram with an additional caption.
“Putting this on the feed for emphasis,” Groves wrote.
“Make them pervs quake in fear from the number of people supporting a statement that threatens their existence.”
The 26-year-old has endometriosis and adenomyosis.
Groves received online support from fellow Australian athletes, including Paralympian Monique Murphy, diver Brittany O’Brien and swimmer Taylor McKeown.
Last year Groves revealed she had made a complaint, which she alleges is about a “person that works at swimming making me feel uncomfortable the way they stare at me in my togs.”
Groves added that she felt “very relieved” after withdrawing from the Olympic trials but said she planned to continue her swimming career.
“I’m looking forward to racing at some other competitions later in the year (yeah sorry/not sorry, you haven’t got rid of me just yet!),” she wrote.
“I’m so excited to watch everyone at trials and to see who will be representing Australia in Tokyo — whatever happens I genuinely think this will be one of the fastest Australian Swim Teams ever and I encourage everyone to get on the bandwagon early.”
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