FIG Gymnastics Ethics Foundation

I do like them using the word ETHICS as it includes much more than just protecting athletes from predators.

The creation of this new structure, called the “Gymnastics Ethics Foundation”, will be put to a vote of the FIG’s national member federations at the next Congress, to be held in Baku (AZE) on 2-3 December 2018. …

According to the Constitution of the Foundation, it will have responsibility for:

– monitoring the good governance and ethical principles of the FIG;

– managing disciplinary procedures;

– safeguarding athletes and other participants in Gymnastics from harassment and abuse. …

The Foundation will be made up of three sections:

– A Safeguarding section, including a helpdesk for reporting any case of harassment or abuse. This section will be responsible for carrying out an initial assessment of any complaints, accusations and facts reported. It will also provide legal support if needed.

– A Disciplinary section which will include the two disciplinary bodies already in place, the Disciplinary Commission and Appeal Tribunal.

– A Compliance section to monitor good governance and ethical principles of the FIG.


Rhys McClenaghan – Pommels

By the time we got to the Pommel final many (most?) were already calling the kid from Ireland favourite over the Olympic Champion. Max had been having problems. Rhys looking insanely confident.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Rhys won Europeans easily. Now the talk is of who could beat him at Worlds. Rhys was 14th last year.

This is the young man forced to leave his club just weeks ago. What kind of marketing would Rathgael Gymnastics Club in Bangor have now if they had supported him and his coach?

coaches should not smoke in front of kids

I’m embarrassed at the number of coach / addicts at European Gymnastics Championships 2018.

Why is Europe so far behind North America on this serious health issue?

Smoking rates in the United States have dropped by half from 1965 to 2006 falling from 42% to 20.8% of adults, with further significant decline to 18% by 2012.

Australia 14.7% or less.

The nation that smokes least? … Brunei.

Worst nations per capita consumption of tobacco cigarettes:

 Andorra 6398.3
 Luxembourg 6330.9
 Belarus 2911.3
 Macedonia 2784.9
 Albania 2491.6
 Belgium 2440.9
 Czech Republic 2427.9
 Jordan 2306.1
 Russia 2295.0

former coach Jeff Thompson sues Penn State

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics coach Jeff Thompson filed a lawsuit accusing the university of disregarding its duty to protect his reputation after the university mandated he not speak with the media. …

According to the lawsuit, increasing pressure from alumni and the media prompted Rachelle Thompson to resign June 30, 2016. Jeff Thompson continued as coach and began filming all practices with an iPad to protect against potential allegations. …

“Coach Thompson was terminated for comments made between him and assistant coaches Josh Nilson and Kera Molinaro, which occurred in his private office or public areas with no one else around” the lawsuit said. …

Why this former Penn State coach is suing and what he hopes to get

Recall all the problems back then. The accusations were of mental and verbal abuse. Read why one of the Penn gymnasts — Alyssa DiFrancesco — quit.

At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

Scheduled release sometime 2019.

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide TV and streaming rights to At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, which explores the sexual abuse scandal that shook the sports world in 2017. …


rules for coaches in the Gym

Tony Retrosi:

My 5 Rules. These go for every employee AND team gymnast. 



• NO CELL PHONES IN THE GYM.  …. I make exceptions often (kids are home alone, waiting for a call back from Dr.) but I do not like this to be a habit. If you are videoing- use the gym IPad. …




USAG empowering?

Good point here from the last U.S. Olympic men’s head coach.

I did see something, somewhere from USAG on the ESPYS Courage Award. But it was not energetically enthusiastic.

No doubt their lawyers have suggested that kind of post might be used in court.

via Irish Daniel

wearing shorts over the leotard in competition

One Gym Mom wonders WHY our sport has not evolved to the point where more gymnasts aren’t wearing Lycra shorts in competition.

It reminds me of the 1990s when I petitioned to allow the University of Saskatchewan women’s team to wear shorts and leo. That request was instantly approved. … The young ladies, however, decided to — last minute — compete in leotards after all.

I LOVE Gymnastics, but…