gender equality in sport

Gender equality was at the centre of the discussions of the newly formed FIG Women in Gymnastics Commission, which held its first meeting in Lausanne this week …



Gymnastics Canada LGBTQI2S


Gymnastics Canada (GCG) is proud to announce our involvement in the LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two spirited) Sport Inclusion Task Force pilot project. …

The goal of this work is to build awareness and understanding to support inclusivity at national, provincial, and club levels.

I’m all for inclusiveness. And my NSGB is so inclusive that I had to look up “Two-spirited” to be sure I’m not unintentionally alienating anyone in the sport.

youth sport in the U.S.A.

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute just released a report.

Athletic participation for kids ages 6 through 12 is down almost 8 percent over the last decade …

… children from low-income households are half as likely to play …

… seven in 10 youth sports coaches are not trained in six core competencies required to be a qualified coach …

More than 70 percent of youth coaches for both boys’ and girls’ sports are male …

Youth sports study: Declining participation, rising costs and unqualified coaches

Cuban Gymnastics coach enters Canada illegally

Miguel Padron
Actually there’s a long history of Cubans defecting to Canada.

Miguel Padron said he “left his rented home and job as a gymnastics coach in Detroit because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to deport illegal residents”.

Man arrives in Canada through subterranean rail tunnel, seeks refuge in Sarnia

U.S. gymnasts voicing their concerns

Dvora Meyers posted a good summary of the U.S. gymnasts who have been speaking publicly and candidly about their grievances with the sport and Federation.

Let’s celebrate when athletes feel empowered to speak out. These issues should be addressed by every coach, athlete and parent.

Artistic Gymnastics is a great sport … but could be even better.

Abused Gymnasts’ Voices Are Finally Being Heard

Robert Andrews, M.A., founder and director of The Institute of Sports Performance, worked with a number of U.S. athletes — including Simone Biles — on “mental training” posted his response:

Many gymnasts in the U.S.A, and perhaps many other countries are taught:

Don’t challenge or question a coach’s authority.

Don’t have a voice or speak up to address any concerns you have as a gymnasts.

Don’t utilize personal power in your relationship with your coach.

Don’t complain about the way you are being treated.

USAG Sexual Abuse Scandal Is A Symptom Of Deeper Issues

when should gymnasts switch clubs?

We all recall club hopping gymnasts. Parents who always feel the grass is greener at the next Gym.

But there are occasions when gymnasts should move to a program that can better meet their needs.

Nick Ruddock:

If you have an athlete whose potential exceeds your competence as a coach, should you facilitate, or at least give the opportunity to the athlete (and their parents) to transfer to another environment to ensure they fulfil their performance potential?

#29 Talent Transfer

Comment on Nick’s Facebook page.

Gymnastics Association of Texas (GAT) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Donations to the GAT Hurricane Relief Fund may be made via the association’s website and/or Facebook page.  GAT is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Information for gym clubs about how and where to apply and the process and the criteria for awarding assistance will be posted on the GAT website. …

Gym Momentum

Katelyn Ohashi on body image

Katelyn and Maria Caire have a blog where they  post on many things including ethical issues.

Katelyn just started a series featuring excerpts from her diary as a young gymnast:

Most kids at the age of 12 were probably playing video games and doing some chores. Me? I was training at least 36 hours a week, plastered on posters and magazines, representing the US National Team.

I had no voice or option but to live up to the expectations of everyone else, so I experienced these cruel, unwanted body remarks from just about everyone— coaches, fans/gymnastics followers, National team staff, my mother, and even myself. It started when I was 13, barely weighing 70 pounds. …

Dear Standards

Her coach was Valeri Liukin now U.S. Women’s National Team coordinator. I hope Katelyn goes on GymCastic to talk about her training diaries so we can hear the full story of her WOGA experience.

related – Maria Caire – Athlete Body Image: A Series


USAG also needs to respond to Aly’s recent statements.

Aly Raisman Calls Out USA Gymnastics For Its Handling Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Athen’s Olympics Men’s competition was a MESS

ILLYRIA BURKLE summarizes:

– In the all around, almost all the top contenders have a major mistake/fall (Paul Hamm, Ioan Silviu Suciu, Hiroyuki Tomita, Yang Wei, Marian Dragulescu, etc.)

– Yang Tae-Young was mistakenly credited with a 9.9 start value instead of a 10 like he was in the qualifying and team competitions, costing him the gold medal in the all around. Oscar Buitrago Reyes of Colombia, Benjamin Bango of Spain, and the head judge George Beckstead of the United States were all suspended for the mistake. …

read more – 2004 MAG

And who was the Men’s Head Judge?

Adrian Stoica - Romania
Adrian Stoica – Romania