Gymnastics Canada brought in McLaren Global Sport Solutions to review Ethics, Safety & Culture.
Richard McLaren, who led investigations into Russian doping and corruption in the International Weightlifting Federation, is well respected in the field.
I first filled out McLaren’s online survey. Better than most of those fill-in-the-blank forms.
At the end of that survey, I was asked if I would be available for an in-person online interview. Of course I was keen to do so — and that happened NOV 8th.
About 90 minutes long, I felt McLaren was very open to hearing everything I had to say regarding culture. We spent most of the time talking recommendations for the future.
For example, I was asked what 3 changes I’d make first IF I was suddenly in charge of Gymnastics Canada.
I did call McLaren out on independence and transparency. And left convinced GymCan will have no influence on their findings.
McLaren Global Sport Solutions and those within it are completely independent of Gymnastics Canada, its sponsors, and other stakeholders.
MGSS has been contracted by Gymnastics Canada to independently, and without any interference or dictates from the sport, develop a Roadmap to a Culture Review and a Safe Sport Policy Review.Roadmap to a Culture Review & Safe Sport Policy Review terms of reference
For example, the McLaren Report of Canada Soccer published July 2022 was scathing.
I told my interviewers they should do exactly the same with Gymnastics if that’s what the investigation finds.
I’d recommend spokespeople from Gymnasts for Change Canada have interviews with McLaren. They will listen.
The documentary BROKEN – The Toxic Culture of Canadian Gymnastics was released this week.
Canadian victims can contact Gymnasts for Change: