Almost a third of female British athletes have said they have experienced trolling on social media, with some describing the abuse they have encountered as “threatening” and “scary”.
BBC Sport recently conducted a survey of 537 British sportswomen representing 39 sports to ascertain the different experiences of female athletes.
The survey questioned the participants on topics including how much money they earn, whether they believe the media does enough to promote women‘s sport and if they are supported to the same extent as male athletes.
They were also asked about their experiences on social media, with 30 per cent saying they have been trolled online.
This marked a significant increase from 2015, when 14 per cent of respondents said they had been trolled on social media.
Several athletes – including Wales rugby union international player Elilnor Snowsill, Olympic