Sport England and UK Sport publish Whyte Review into gymnastics abuse
Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:23
Yesterday was another sad and shameful day for sport in this country as the Whyte Report was published. It provided evidence on major failings and abuse in Gymnastics. Paul Brivio, Chief Executive at Active Oxfordshire talks about why we must keep driving forward change so that the needs of every young person always comes first:
"Our hearts go out to the young people who were abused and who were not listened to by the people running that sport.
When the focus is solely on medals and funding, people come a distant second then the duty of care that most people would take for granted evaporates. We know that sport in the right hands is a force for good. It is vital that we never look the other way and that we support the people in gymnastics and other sports who do the right thing; have the right motivations and provide joy and opportunity for our young people.
The actions of some of those in British Gymnastics casts a dark shadow over our efforts to give everyone an equal chance of an active life but here at Active Oxfordshire we are determined to promote physical activity and sport where people and organisations hold values and ethics that we all share.
So, we need to call this sort of behaviour out - we should not pretend it does not happen in sport and society - we need to challenge the culture of success at any price - we should never compromise on our unwavering belief that the young person always comes first."
Please note: The Review concerns some sensitive and upsetting information. For some, including those who have personal experience of harm or abuse, this may be distressing. If you are affected by the review, there is plenty of help and support available. You can call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. You can also find other helplines here: Support services | Sport England