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.
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:
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz
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.
One former J.O. / College gymnast posted the sad story of her career on a series of Instagram posts.
We were all at the mercy of a coach’s mood on any given day. …
She was a former elite, always unhappy and extremely negative. …
Start on this post. Click forward on the arrow to read it.
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.
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.
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 – usgcoa.org
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 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