A woman has mentioned she was left in pain after a man “aggressively” attacked her in a swimming pool in west London for overtaking him.
Dr Josie Perry, a sports activities psychologist, advised The Independent she felt she had inadvertently “prodded” the man swimmer’s “ego” by merely swimming round him.
The 44-year-old Londoner mentioned the man grabbed her whereas she was doing laps at Chiswick Swimming Pool on Monday morning – including the incident had shaken her up and she had reported it to the police.
Dr Perry, who wears a float to help her swimming because of affected by a spinal incapacity, defined the aide flew off throughout the incident.
She added: “The guy was going a lot slower so I was having to overtake him regularly. As I got to the other end of the lane, I tumble turned underwater and as I tried to come up from under the water, I could not move. Someone had grabbed my ankle aggressively. It hurt for an hour or two afterwards.
“He had sprinted after me to get me after tapping my toes at the other of the pool. He told me that’s what he’d done. It gets worse. When I finally got some air and came up, he admitted he’d grabbed me as it was the only way to communicate he didn’t like I was overtaking. I felt I had prodded his ego.”
Dr Perry mentioned the lifeguard and obligation supervisor bought concerned with the scenario and she mentioned she didn’t suppose he needs to be in the quick lane.
She added: “He was saying he is fast enough to be in the fast lane. He said he would prove it to me. He offered to have a race. He was being very patronising. He kept telling me I was ridiculous.
“You don’t grab people and pull them under a pool. There were two of us swimming fast in the lane. One was male and one was female. The man didn’t get attacked but I did.”
She mentioned she felt anxious and scared concerning the incident whereas making an attempt to sleep that evening – including that swimming has been a “nice safe space” in latest months and she enjoys her 45 minutes swim earlier than her day “kicks off and goes crazy”.
“I don’t want to have to constantly worry about annoying somebody just by being myself,” Dr Perry mentioned. “This is not the first time that’s happened in that pool. Five years ago, I was kicked in the stomach. I asked the guy why and he said I was intimidating and swimming too fast was bullying behaviour. It was the fast lane.”
She mentioned she had been bombarded with tales from a whole lot of girls who’ve had related experiences to her personal since posting a press release concerning the incident on Twitter. An 83-year-old feminine masters athlete had encountered “similar aggression issues from men” in the pool, Dr Perry added.
“Attacked in the pool this morning for overtaking a fragile male ego,” she mentioned in a put up on Twitter.
The Independent has contacted a consultant of the Met Police for remark.