Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
We are aware of media reports this evening which highlight a number of serious allegations within gymnastics. British Gymnastics condemns any behaviour which is harmful to the wellbeing of our gymnasts. Such behaviours are completely contrary to our standards of safe coaching. Our Positive Coaching Behaviours programme which is mandatory for all coaches sets out clearly why such behaviours are harmful and unacceptable. Our Integrity Unit investigates all allegations reported to us or identified by our national network of club Welfare Officers and takes disciplinary action to prevent recurrence.
We have worked particularly hard in recent years to ensure that our athlete and coaching culture is transparent, fair and inclusive. This is essential for the welfare of all gymnasts and a pre-requisite for success in national and international competition. Athlete welfare plays an essential role within our performance culture and decision making. We have worked with our gymnasts and taken specific actions to ensure that their interests and concerns are always considered and addressed and that they have a choice of routes to raise concerns.
British Gymnastics is reaching out to any gymnast, either current or past, that has concerns around specific incidents or behaviours and encourages them to contact our Integrity Unit at email@example.com. This unit has the power to investigate any persons within British Gymnastics or its member clubs and take the appropriate action. British Gymnastics is here for every gymnast across the country. There is nothing more important to us than the welfare of our participants and we continually strive to create a culture where people feel they can raise any concerns that they may have.
• This media release was published by British Gymnastics on 6 July 2020. Click here for the original.
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