As McMahon detailed to The Australian, “It looks like all smiles, gold medals and PBs to the outsider, but it leaves a trail of broken athletes and coaches when they do not conform and perform.”
Now, Swimming Australia will undergo an investigation into the alleged “misogynistic” culture within The Australian Olympic swimming community. A representative for the national swimming organisation said the organisation is “consciously working on issues of institutional concern for the past decade” and will closely examine the issues raised by Groves. “We will work with an independent female panel to investigate ongoing issues related to women and girls’ experience and advancement in our sport,” they added.
Since Groves made the allegations, those within swimming have been quick to offer their support. Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones urged Swimming Australia to take the issue “very, very seriously” in the hope that they can look to clean up the sport and make it a safer environment, particularly for women and girls. In an interview with ABC’s Offsiders, Jones said Swimming Australia needed to do their due diligence, explaining: “We’ve got to remember that the athletes come first they are the most important thing, and in swimming particularly the females can be quite young.”
She added, “I made my first Olympic team when I was 14 so that’s a pretty young woman to be coming through and to be learning. We’ve got very influential and very big names in our sport and very influential coaches so we need to make sure that we have the right people in there.”