Tossed it in the Trash

I don’t know who started all the banter about Leisel Jones‘ weight but I do know that they have unfairly scrutinized her. Photos of the swimmer’s current physique have prompted questions regarding her ability to bring home gold for Australia in the London Olympics.

Regardless of her talent she isn’t over weight and I suggest she is still in peak condition. In fact, she only weighs 68kgs, less than other female competitors and so too her female team mates. Most of the Australian female swimmers weigh between 65-70kgs. So she is really at an average weight for a female swimmer. Do note that being a breaststroker she needs to have power in her legs and hips; why she might have bigger legs than other female swimmers.

There isn’t anything wrong with her physique, she is an athlete and a fairly successful one! We should treat all our athletes with respect rather than suggest that they are “fat” or that they have put on too much weight. It’s such an Un-Australian thing to do, especially right before the Olympics (the “unflattering” photos were taken during training in London last week).

On Google after the most popular search item for her name is the keywords “Leisel Jones Hot”. And well, she is hot. More Googler’s seem to think that she’s hot than those calling her “over weight”.

I don’t see anything wrong with this body!

The message that the Australian media is sending to women is horrendous. It is really staying “even if you are an Olympic gold medalist, you still aren’t good enough!”
Stop the ridicule, stop the insults. These women are healthy athletes not models who have starved themselves or been given a strict unhealthy diet. Or, as my Dad says, “get off the grass”!!!

The take away:
These are the types of women that all Australian’s should admire and be proud of. Good luck to all Australians competing in the Olympics over the following two weeks!

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