After the 'mi-gotten perversion' bombshell Maddie Groves breaks silence.
Maddie Groves has openly talked about misogynite perverts and a toxic culture in sport in Australia since her retirement from Tokyo 2020.
Her claims triggered further complaints including the fat shaming of female swimmers who allegedly prepared to describe their concerns by at least six other elite swimmers.
There is currently a hierarchy of nervous Swimming Australia over how an independent investigation that follows the Groves bombshell can be conducted.
SA has admitted that some swimmers have been treated inacceptably for decades.
Now, in the wake of the Tokyo Swimming Record campaign in Australia, Groves has talked about why she needed to stand up in June before the Olympic Swimming Trials.
"I've just been calling a spade. It hasn't been an off-the-cut remark for a few years, I have been wading through it and dealing with it," said Groves to the SMH.
"When I was working on things I had a lot of time. One thing I did not want to do was to continue to represent people with whom I do not feel comfortable."
Groves also aimed at Kieren Perkins, president of Swimming Australia, who responded to Groves' claims by effectively denying cultural problems.
"I challenge anyone to suggest that swimming at the moment has a cultural problem,' said Perkins.
"The fact that the head of the organization as a whole could deny that improvements would have been made was incrediblely disappointing," Groves told the SMH.
"Everyone else can see it, it's amazing. I had a large number of people who contacted me and found out how they could be involved and talk to the independent panel, which now submits.
"There are many incredible people who work very hard in swimming. But in reality, no, I don't have much trust that things will change because I have tried to advocate change in recent years." " It did not really give me much hope to see how unsuccessful it was.
"I should be more optimistic, probably. I only hope because the Olympic team in Tokyo has been the most successful team ever, it is not an excuse to want the culture not continued to improve." More interesting is how many people of a squad end up being seriously injured, have low self-esteem, have mental health difficulties and eating disorders compared to the number of people who win Olympic medals.
"How many are you willing to sacrifice every four years for the sake of winning Olympic medals?"
Paris 2024 Planning ahead
In the meantime Rohan Taylor, head coach of Swimming Australia, said how quarantine is to be used for virtual meetings for two weeks to finalize plans for the next three-year cycle.
However, a separate investigation into claims of an abusive culture in Australian swimming will present a number of challenges.
Next year the national swim team will be in good time with the Japan World Championships in May, then two months later with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
"We have worked on it for months, and we will finalize some of them in quarantine," said Taylor.
The Australian swim was enjoying his top Olympics with nine golds, three silver and eight bronze. 'We were to be pretty well set for the next three years by the end of September.'
This is one more gold medal than the entire team at the London and Rio Olympics in Australia.
A reason for the unprecedented success of swimmers is the fact that the selection tests in June have to be closer than usual to the Games.
Taylor said this was a factor in their Tokyo medal haul record, but said the collective spirit and talent of the swimmers themselves were the most important factor.
"Obviously, we did a very good job so I'd suggest ... it worked well," he said at the Monday media conference on changing the dates of the judgments.
"That's something we had to do - we had to try something else because for so long we had done the same thing."
This is one of the ingredients, I would say, but it is probably a talented athlete here, probably the most important ingredient.
Another element in this year's ten-day event camp was a swimmer facing uncertainty and unclear plans to prepare them for the chaos of the COVID-19 Olympics.
They met pyrotechnics on the deck in the middle of the camp and put them under pressure. they met a small crowd.
"The entire idea was simply to let them know nothing, to create insecurity, about what was going to happen," he said.
"We expected to happen, which was - we couldn't know what we were going to do - and to create competition, the uncertainty bit." "
They had to do with insecurity."