Australian swimmer Maddie Groves revealed that she will not be competing in the upcoming Australia swimming trials for the Tokyo Olympics, citing “misogynistic perverts” in the sport and body-shaming.
Groves announced her decision in an Instagram post, and later tweeted about it. “Hey hunnies, I’ve made the decision to not compete at Olympic Trials in Adelaide. I’m so grateful to feel so supported in this decision,” she said, adding, “I feel very relieved and 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!)”
Groves continued, “I’m so excited to watch everyone at trials (streaming on Amazon y’all) 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.”
She concluded, “Best of luck to everyone competing at Olympic Trials but most