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    Letter to my former self

    Copied from another site. One day you will get in the car after training and she will tell you she is done. This will hit like a bolt of lightening in a flash summer storm. Although you are stunned by the revelation you tell her it’s ok, it’s her decision and you support it. Today you are...
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    I love this blog!

    I believe the post is saying the type of environment imbued by the coach can reflect on the athlete (whether gymnast or other athlete) in both negative and positive ways. I like the fact the author of the blog uses empirical research and is not just their point of view or opinion. Each of their...
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    I love this blog!

    This blog shines a light on the difficulties many parents face in the world of gymnastics. No matter which country you are from, the narratives may well resonate with your own experiences. The following post entitled 'I wish I had known' discusses the coaching environment and the impact an ego...
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    'If I knew then what I know now' - interested to see views from UK parents.

    Thanks for the reply Faith. I too have mixed views. My daughter went down the compulsory pathway and reached a decent level. She had a number of injuries which set her back, a few of which were not handled in the best way and prolonged her return to full fitness. She spent a number of years...
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    'If I knew then what I know now' - interested to see views from UK parents.

    The Parents thread had a post with the same title and I assume most posts were from parents in the US. There are 2 clear difference between the UK and the US at the top end; the money involved through sponsorship deals when competing on the Olympic Team and the pursuit of college scholarships...
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    Gymnastics is F*****

    Some thoughts on why parents may not intervene when the sport takes ahold of their/their daughters lives. Including a very honest narrative from a parent. None of the parents I have interviewed over the years set out to put gymnastics before their child’s wellbeing, it was a slow, almost...
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    Gymnastics is F*****

    I have been in a gym where the governing body support the gym/head coach and recommend parents take their children their. The environment is abusive but parents are blindsided as this the gym to be at to reach those Olympic goals and the coaches are put on a pedestal by the national team...
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    abuse or bad practice?

    A few weeks ago Catherine Lyons cited the reasons for her retirement as physically, mentally and emotionally abusive coaching. The responses I saw were quite mixed. Many comments were supportive, some suggested they were not surprised and one poster went as far as to say the abuse against...
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    abuse or bad practice?

    I would love to believe the culture has changed, however my own experience and that of those I have talked to over the past 6 months suggests we still have a long way to go. I believe parents are more aware of the issues and many clubs are aiming for transparency and in fact are good clubs...
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    Why parents may accept abusive coaching

    Thank you for the link, I shall have read later :)
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    Why parents may accept abusive coaching

    Thank you for your informed and thoughtful post. Unfortunately many of the studies of this nature are qualitative with interview based data (which is often open to researcher interpretation and may be biased).Indeed, I believe the article mentioned in the OP obtained some it's cohort through...
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    Why parents may accept abusive coaching

    There is an interesting blog post around abuse, victim shaming and why parents may not take action when they see issues. A criticism often cited when athletes/parents reveal abusive coaching methods after retirement is why are they only now talking about this? For those who may not have reached...
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    abuse or bad practice?

    If I went to the head teacher/board of governors/ education department about issues such as these I am pretty sure appropriate action would be taken. I would even go as far as to say if a parent of another child reported concerns relating to similar issues something would be done. Unfortunately...
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    Discussion of abuse in USAG - Nassar

    There are some interesting posts on a blog called Warriors in Leotards which examine the ideology/subculture of elite gymnastics and asks some pertinent questions. One post details a narrative from a mom of an elite gymnast where she wrestles with her feelings toward the way the coach handles a...
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    abuse or bad practice?

    Came across this blog post on Facebook. It talks about British Gymnastics 'gold standard' safeguarding policies then follows up with a story from a gymnast talking about her time in the gym (at the end of the piece). The article puts some questions out there as to how bad coaching practices come...
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    So what is going on with BG?

    I have been following the developments of the Eddie Van Hoof debacle and cannot understand why BG published the statement they did. It was incredibley ambiguous and didn't give any clear indication as to what the misconduct issues were involving Van Hoof. This was followed up shortly after with...
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    So what is going on with BG?

    Oh dear. Things are not looking good for BG at the moment, surprised they announced this! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/04/british-gymnastics-suspends-coach-eddie-van-hoof-amid-investigation
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    So what is going on with BG?

    And so the plot thickens ... http://www.itv.com/news/2017-11-22/new-crisis-for-british-gymnastics-as-it-faces-a-grass-roots-rebellion/
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    So what is going on with BG?

    100% with you on that. You either have to be un-expendable as you bring home the medals that line their pockets or wait until your children have ended their careers before you feel comfortable coming forward. At which point no-one in BG cares as apparently 'it's not happening now'! I was...
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    2017 Voluntary levels results

    Also Shamiso Ndoro did not compete, she was the national compulsory 4 champion.