1st June 2021

Independent Review of WAIS Women’s Artistic Gymnastics programme

Sport Integrity Australia will undertake an independent review of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) following allegations of abuse and harm by a group of former athletes. WAIS and a group representing the athletes have agreed on a terms of reference for the review which are available on Sport Integrity Australia’s website.

The objectives of the review are to:

• Examine the athlete’s experiences and allegations of abuse and/or harm
• Understand the culture of the program throughout its period of operation from 1987 to 2016
• Review WAIS current child safe policies, procedures and processes and examine their effectiveness

Athletes, their families, staff, coaches and other relevant personnel who participated in the WAIS program are able to make submissions via the Sport Integrity Australia website at https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/wais-review.  Support is available for WAIS athletes through the AIS Mental Health Referral network via +61 2 6214 1130 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm AET) or mentalhealth@sportaus.gov.au. For assistance 24 hours, 7 days please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

• This media release was published by Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) on 1 June 2021. Click here for the original.

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