‘Let Them Perverts Tremble With Fear’: Australian swimming sensation launches extraordinary attack on ‘misogynistic perverts’ and their ‘boot lickers’ running her sport as she announces she will be BOYCOTTE the Tokyo Olympics
- Australian butterfly specialist Maddie Groves withdraws from Olympic trials
- Groves, 26, then launched scathing messages to unnamed swimming figures
- “Let this be a lesson to all the misogynistic perverts in the sport,” she wrote on Instagram
- Groves received an outpouring of support from fellow swimmers and divers
An Australian swimmer has angrily withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after calling out the “misogynistic perverts” and their “boot lickers” who run the sport.
Maddie Groves, winner of two Olympic silver medals at the 2016 Rio Games and two Commonwealth golds, announced on Wednesday that she will not be swimming in the Adelaide Olympics, which kick off this weekend.
The 26-year-old let loose on the Australian swimming community and in particular those responsible in a series of blistering social media posts on Thursday.
“Let this be a lesson to all the misogynistic perverts in sports and their bootlickers,” her outraged post said Thursday morning.
The post sent shockwaves through the sport with diver Brittany O’Brien, Olympic silver medalist Taylor McKeown and Paralympic athlete Monique Murphy competing.
Decorated Australian swimmer Maddie Groves has angrily pulled out of the upcoming Olympics and has made a series of furious statements, including one targeting ‘misogyny perverts’
Maddie Groves poses on stage at the Women’s 200m Butterfly Medal Ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Center in 2014 after winning a bronze medal
Groves, who previously claimed the sport is run by misogynists, said she felt “supported” in her decision and promised to return to racing later in 2021.
“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, shame your bodies or give them medical gas and then expect them to represent you so you can earn your annual bonus,” she wrote.
‘Time is up.
“Make them perversely tremble with fear at the number of people who support a statement that threatens their very existence.”
Groves then appeared to object with a private message she may have received on social media in response to her tirade.
If you or your partner have contributed to an environment that does not support people with chronic illness or made decisions about reducing funding for athletes in the past four years, don’t f***ing DM me telling me that I’m brave to get out of the Olympics,” she posted on Instagram.
“What’s brave is showing your face in a community you’ve scammed for the sake of your own career.”
Groves posted that she felt ‘supported’ in her decision and promised to return to racing later in 2021
Groves competed in the 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle during the Adelaide trials
Groves was scheduled to compete in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle during the Adelaide trials, which start on Saturday.
She revealed on Instagram that she has both endometriosis and adenomyosis – both conditions related to abnormal growth of the uterus that can result in heavy and painful menstrual bleeding.
“I’m not ready to have babies yet, but it’s scary to think because I have endometriosis and adenomyosis, I could have problems with infertility,” she said in April.
The Olympian wrote a scathing message on Instagram (pictured) – apparently addressed to members of the Australian swimming community
Last year, the Olympian shared a photo of herself in the hospital bed undergoing surgery that would put her into “medically induced menopause” to fight her adenomyosis, about which she often raises awareness via social media.
At the time, she said access to treatment had become more difficult during the pandemic as resources had been “redirected.”
Her endometriosis, which was finally diagnosed in 2017, left her out of many matches at the peak of her career.
Groves was crowned the National Champion at the Australian Swimming Championship in the 200m Butterfly for four years in a row from 2013.
In 2016, she was selected to represent Australia at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and won silver in the 200m butterfly.