British Gymnastics has today announced that Jane Mulcahy QC will conduct an independent review following concerns raised by a number of British gymnasts about mistreatment. Jane Mulcahy QC has 25 years’ worth of experience working in the civil courts, arbitration and sports tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She sits on the England & Wales Cricket Board Appeals Panel in child protection cases, is an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for tennis and an appeal steward for the British Board of Boxing Control. She is on Sport Resolutions’ panels of arbitrators and mediators.
Announcing the Independent Review, Jane Allen, CEO of British Gymnastics, said: “The behaviours we have heard about in recent days are completely contrary to our standards of safe coaching and have no place in our sport. The British Gymnastics Integrity Unit is set up to investigate all allegations when reported or identified by our national network of club and regional Welfare Officers.
“However, it is clear that gymnasts did not feel they could raise their concerns to British Gymnastics and it is vital that an Independent Review helps us better understand why so we can remove any barriers as quickly as possible.
“There is nothing more important for British Gymnastics than the welfare of our gymnasts at every level of our sport and we will continually strive to create a culture where people feel they can raise any concerns that they may have.”