Gymnastics Australia report reveals ‘significant cultural challenges’, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse
An independent review into gymnastics in Australia says the sport has enabled a culture of physical, emotional and sexual abuse which many participants have described as “toxic”.
- Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the report found “significant cultural challenges”
- The commission spoke to 57 people and found many examples of physical, mental and sexual abuse
- It found current coaching practices and a “win at all costs” culture increased the risk of harm to athletes
The report, carried out by the Australian Human Rights Commission, made 12 recommendations around five key findings, most of which detailed negative experiences by young gymnasts, particularly at the elite level.
Noting that the “athlete population in…