Nassar abused his friend’s 6-yr-old

The criminal doctor’s victimized the daughter of a close family friend. It started when Kyle Stephens was age-6.

She was not a gymnast. This was not fake medical treatments.

Kyle’s father refused to believe her. As a result, she hated her father for years. They finally reconciled before his death.

Very ill, Kyle’s Dad took his own life in 2016.

Kyle Stephens was first to testify.

Listen to episode 8 online. But know that it’s disturbing.

Tsukaharas cleared of harassment charges

The sport’s governing body reinstated Chieko Tsukahara and her husband and association vice president Mitsuo Tsukahara after an independent committee concluded that while there were “a lot of inappropriate points lacking in consideration,” the two committed no acts that could be subject to punishment. …

Gymnastics association lifts officials’ suspension 

Protecting Girls and Women

In Canada, December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We remember 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:

Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte

related – Thousands of Israeli women protested on December 4th following the murder last week of two girls – Silvana Tsegai, 12, in South Tel Aviv and Yara Ayoub, 16, in Jish.

roof collapses during a Ukrainian Gymnastics practice

On Dec.1, gymnastics coach Karina Shvaetska, who worked in a newly built youth sports school called Favorite Fit in Vyshneve … heard strange sounds and decided to take 30 children out of the gym.

After less than two minutes, the roof collapsed. …

… It is simply impossible to imagine! 3 and 4 years old kids were in the gym – 30 little girls and 2 coaches! Our coach managed to get the kids out in seconds before the collapse,” said Maryna Hertz, a mother …

Youth sports school roof collapses in Vyshneve; 30 children saved by coaches

LOW rope climb conditioning

I’m always looking for rope challenges done at low height. It’s stupid to repeatedly put young kids WAY up high.

Kyle Shewfelt once fell, for example. Happily he was OK.

Some up-and-comer named Chellsie has one for us.

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.

UNICEF – Protect Children from Risks in Sport

In July 2010, the United Nations Children’s Fund (“UNICEF”) reported that: “During recent years, however, it has become evident that sport is not always a safe space for children, and that the same types of violence and abuse sometimes found in families and communities can also occur in sport and play programmes. …

On Nov. 20, 2018, declared World Children’s Day, UNICEF released its first-ever youth sports guidelines, in a document called Children’s Rights in Sport Principles

Expectations for Sports Organizations, Educational Institutions, and Coaches:

Commit to Respect and Support the Rights of Children

Consider Balanced Growth of Children through Sports

Protect Children from the Risks of Sports

Protect the Health of Children

Develop Governance System to Protect the Rights of Children

Ensure Understanding and Engagement by Adults Involved with Children and Sports

UNICEF Targets Abuses in Youth Sports Globally

The report mentions Nassar.

U.S. Gymnastics Club Owners Association

Update: The Region 5 Director is Don McPherson.

That’s a red flag for me. He’s well known online for defending Steve Penney, the old system. And belittling survivors. At one point he tried to apologize:

___ original post:

This is an independent organization that has been formed by US club owners to help provide guidance to USA Gymnastics in moving the sport of gymnastics in a positive direction. …

… charter members donated $1,000.00 each to cover the financial and legal obligations in forming such an organization.


Click over to the official website to learn more –

General Membership will open on January 1, 2019. The cost for membership will be published after the next board meeting.

I’d hoped this new organization might do more for coach education. The only mention of the word education, however, is here:

In the future the USGCOA will be hosting an Owners Summit. The focus will be on ways to improve your business. Many topics that are pertinent & beneficial to club owners and your bottom-line. This is tentatively scheduled for October of 2019 in Las Vegas.

It’s possible USGCOA might be a candidate to take over from USAG as national Sports Governing Body.

the parents of Nassar victims

… How could the parents of these girls have been in the room while Larry abused their child – and not know it was happening?

… change into loose shorts, lay down on the exam table, on her stomach. Larry would drape her with a towel.

“I would be looking at that as, ‘Oh, he’s respecting her modesty by covering her.’ ”

… Kaylee had tried to tell her mom about Larry five years ago, when she was just 13.

Right after her third appointment with Larry. …

Believed – The Parents

Thema Williams compensated $200,000

… the judge ordered the TTGF (Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation) to compensate Williams for its decision to withdraw her from representing this country in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and instead replace her with Canadian-born alternate Marisa Dick. …

TT Gymnastics Federation ordered to compensate Thema Williams

I’m surprised to see this ruling.

In many sports any athlete can be replaced by Federations for many reasons. Can a judge rule on whether or not an athlete should be withdrawn?

That said, I was in Rio for the Olympic Test Meet podium training. Thema did not look injured to me at the time.

TTGF might appeal, of course. I doubt they have $200k in the bank.

related – Justice for Thema: Gymnast wins lawsuit against TTGF