“This is not fun, this is serious gymnastics”

I often wonder what the outcome would have been had I made different choices in respect to my daughter’s gymnastics career. Many scenarios flit through my mind  -  ranging from sporting achievements to short and long-term health outcomes and all the variables in between. I have been asked on many occasions whether I regret removing …

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A step in the right direction toward culture change?

The Nassar scandal has opened up the conversion regarding abuse within the gymnastics community. A culture forged on pain, intimidation and unequal power relations has enabled the abuse of young gymnasts for the past 3 decades. The acceptance of a win at acceptable cost attitude coupled with the widespread dismissal of abuse claims by NGB’s …

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To blow the whistle or not: That is the question.

According to Near and Miceli (1985) the term whistleblowing relates to "the disclosure by organisation members (former or current) of illegal, immoral or illegitimate practices under the control of their employers, to persons or organisations that may be able to effect action." For an individual to be classified as a whistleblower the information disclosed must …

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Pain , injury and the culture of risk

Deviance can be described as a behaviour diverging from socially accepted values, within wider society deviance is often used to describe behaviour that is negative such as a rejection of cultural goals. Within sport, some behaviours are considered negatively deviant, such as illicit drug use or disregarding the rules of the sport but many would …

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