This morning, UK Sport and Sport England announced the Terms of Reference for the Whyte Review, an independent review into allegations about mistreatment within the sport of gymnastics.
We warmly welcome the announcement of the Whyte Review. It will provide a robust and independent review of the culture and practices within gymnastics and we are committed to learning from its findings. We have no doubt the sport and our gymnastics community will be better for it.
Gymnastics is a hugely important activity for more than 400,000 participants across the UK every week. It cannot function without the commitment of coaches, gymnasts, and volunteers who give up their time to make our sport an important part of their local communities. We hope that this review will help to inform any change needed to protect every one of them in the future.
British Gymnastics will have no role to play in the running of the Review. We will, as you’d expect, be providing a submission on how sports organisations can be better supported in navigating the legal complexities and myriad of issues around complaints and subsequent cases. The QC has been clear that the review will take as long as it takes. I support that – a thorough process will ensure the findings help us change our sport for the better. In the meantime, I’d ask you not to prejudge the Review nor any complaints it will investigate – they should be heard in an independent and impartial manner that is fair to all involved parties.
Should anyone have complaints they would like to raise, it remains vital they do so through the proper process. Any gymnast who feels they have been mistreated can play their role in helping to change the sport for the better by reporting their concerns to our Integrity Unit at [email protected] or, if they would prefer, by calling the BAC/NSPCC Helpline on 0800 056 0566.