Gymnastics Australia child safety co-ordinator

Ms Pownall, the first child safety co-ordinator for Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Victoria, said part of her job would be to educate clubs, coaches, parents and gymnasts …

“One of the new laws in Vic­toria is that if anyone is aware of a child being abused, it is a criminal offence not to report it,’’ she said. …

Gymnastics Australia appoints first child safety co-ordinator


NY Yankees: Bullying is WRONG

Cassidy was bullied at school. Got no support from the Scranton School District. Facebook took her page down because she wasn’t yet age-13. ☹️

The NY Yankees reached out. #respect

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.


Gymnasts and Allies are ‘Great Leaders’

“The Gymnasts and Their Allies” are some of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders over the past year.

When the sentencing trial of Larry Nassar began, few people knew the former USA Gymnastics doctor’s name, much less the details of his crimes.

Then, the young women he sexually assaulted—more than 150 of them—told their stories.

Their seven days of harrowing testimony shook the world of sports and beyond. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The president of Michigan State University, Nassar’s former employer, resigned, as did the board of USA Gymnastics and the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

As Olympian Aly Raisman said, “We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere.”

22. The Gymnasts and Their Allies

USAG on non-disclosure agreements

USA Gymnastics:

… USA Gymnastics will not endorse, agree, enforce, propose or otherwise support the use of non-disclosure or other similar forms of agreements that are intended to prevent survivors from speaking about their experiences in conjunction with any claims of abuse.

USA Gymnastics is committed to do everything it can to support its athletes and others, who want to tell their stories without restraint, and these types of agreements can undermine confidence in our commitment.

The policy of USA Gymnastics is to encourage an open and transparent discussion of these issues, recognizing that only through such openness can perpetrators be identified, and potential victims of abuse be protected.  …

Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit

Attorneys for Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Jordyn Wieber have announced the filing of a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

The lawsuit alleges that MSU, and USAG, hid former doctor Larry Nassar’s criminal conduct from the public and from the police. …


National Gymnastics Teal Day

Click PLAY or watch Buttercup on YouTube.

Monika Míčková on eating disorders in Rhythmic

Monika Míčková is a retired Czech rhythmic gymnast. She competed Worlds 6 times.

She posted an awful retrospective of her long career. It begins with …

You’re fat.

You are lazy.

You are incompetent.

You are stupid.

From the mouth of the coaches I heard these words almost every day and took them as a normal part of the drill. They also behaved equally to other girls, regardless of age and performance. No one imagined something strange going on, everyone accepted that it was supposed to be. …

You can read it here. (Czech)

I used Google Translate.


on emotional abuse in coaching

In a recent Q&A session Gretchen Kerr, vice-dean of academic affairs at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education talks about her role as a volunteer athlete welfare officer with Gymnastics Canada and her views regarding emotional abuse.

As a psychologist Kerr’s field of expertise is the emotional abuse of athletes which she is using to advocate policy change and influence coach education. …

There is a fine line between pushing an athlete to be their best and maltreatment. That line is crossed when the athlete performs through fear and intimidation rather than their desire to achieve.

In their paper Stirling and Kerr (2008) report that emotional abuse takes the form of physical behaviours, verbal behaviours and the denial of attention and support – bullying, berating, humiliating, degrading and intimidating/threatening are all forms of emotional abuse. …

read more on Warriors In Leotards

Emotional abuse has been little documented compared against sexual abuse.

Keeping Gymnasts SAFE

Chalk It Up Buttercup is the YouTube channel of 8-year-old Buttercup.

In this excellent video Buttercup and her coaches talk about keeping gymnasts safe, especially on appropriate and inappropriate touching.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

This is the video I’ll be showing to kids. It’s relatable and balanced. #BurnItAllDown types seem to want to ban all spotting. That’s dangerous, of course.

(via Aimee B)