During 2011, the gym lost about 35 per cent of its members, says school chief executive Avril Enslow. But numbers are building back up now as homes in the area are repaired and people become more confident about where they’re going to live. …
Enslow is proud of the achievements of her competitive gymnasts. Seven of the school’s members are on the long list for the Commonwealth Games so they’ll be going to trial later this year and early next for the New Zealand team. …
We start our special episode by looking back at some of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse stories from gymnastics’ recent past. We start in the 1980?s. If you are a long time listener, you’ll find out why Jessica always calls the 80?s the Dark Ages.
With three special guests we discover the history which brought gymnastics to this point of change, what has been done to stop abuse, what loopholes still need to be shored up, and what educational and policy programs for prevention are now available. In addition, you’ll find out how to stop and report gymnastics child pornography.
Our guests are, Scott Reid, investigative reporter for the Orange County Register, Katherine Starr, two time Olympian and founder of Safe4Athletes, and Lynn Moskovitz-Thompson, Director of Educational Services at USA Gymnastics. …
At some point, it became obvious that committees are not often very efficient at arriving at good decisions.
Instead of keeping eyes on the prize, committee members are easily distracted by the last “issue”. Most of a parents Board of Directors meeting — for example — will focus on the ill-fitting new leotards, not the club Mission.
• Legitimacy and Voice (participation, consensus)
• Direction (strategic vision, long term perspective)
• Performance (responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency)
• Accountability and Transparency
• Fairness (rule of law, equity of power)
How can coaches, clubs and athletes protect themselves?
Problems or issues (‘fires’) that sport organizations deal with are handled in two parts – proactive and reactive. That is, there are steps an organization takes before the problem occurs that are aimed to prevent it (proactive) and steps the organization takes after the problem has occurred that are aimed to fix it (reactive). Organizations craft Policies that outline a procedure to cover both the proactive and reactive steps. …
Increasingly, in response to requests and questions from sport organizations, we are recommending the following:
Social Media Use Policy – for the organization’s staff and other stakeholders (internal document)
Social Media Guidelines for Athletes – ‘guidelines’ not ‘policy’ (internal document)
Social Media Guidelines for Coaches – ‘guidelines’ not ‘policy’ (internal document)
Social Media Policy – for coaches and athletes (external document)
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote a safe environment for athletes, USA Gymnastics is launching the “Clubs Care Campaign” in October. This educational initiative, designed specifically for gymnastics clubs, focuses on raising awareness about child sexual abuse so clubs can further their work toward establishing and maintaining a safe environment in their gyms. …