First up, for those that don’t know who Silvia Serret is, she is an amazing Barcelona skater who was the only female competitor in vert in 2008 and 2009 at the huge Barcelona Extreme Sports event.
Anyway this year, after competiting in the vert comp she had to immediately head off to start the warm-ups for the womens Street comp but was still decked out in the heavy protective gear need for vert: helmets, knee pads, body armour etc. However since there were no changing rooms and since she didn’t want to show her pants to the 35,000 spectators, she asked permission from the event organiser to quickly use an office to change in.
This is where it goes mental…
So Silvia has started to change when she hears some people shouting and
“When I was in bra, panties and shirt, a man appeared who rose from his chair, pushed me and dragged me outside the office. I went back to retrieve my backpack, but then he kicked me in the leg, grabbed my hair and pulled me about six or ten meters. I tried to defend myself by kicking… ” Serret said.
When the security services managed to separate them, Serret said she wanted them to report the assault, but was made to call herself. An ambulance was sent but to make a medical report she would have to go to the hospital – and it took 4 hours to get the correct documentation from the event organisers. It was revealed that she had multiple bruises on her neck, back and legs but when she went to the police station she was told that since there were no cuts or wounds and since the attacker was a foreigner and heading back to Basel (Switzerland) on Monday they couldn’t do anything.
On the Sunday she was down to compete in the finals of the comp but on a number of occasions crossed-paths with her attacker. She and the other female competitors said they would not take part if he was still there and during her final run she did a one minute sit-in protest.
SkaterGirl would just like to say that this is absolutely shocking. The organisers should be ashamed and serious questions need to be raised. The story has already caused an understandable uproar over at Asiplanchaba and we would like to add our voice to the issue.
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Photo: Alba Pardo | Extreme Sports BCN 2008 | Silvia Serret | Tail on Vert