Club deny telling athletes to sever ties with Tinkler
South Durham Gymnastics Club have denied claims they told athletes to cut all ties with Amy Tinkler, the Olympic bronze medallist, after she left the gym.
Tinkler is embroiled in a row with British Gymnastics after she accused it of taking too long to act on her reports of negative experiences in the sport, which she said forced her to retire and had left other gymnasts “vulnerable”.
On Tuesday, she revealed that her claims of abuse to British Gymnastics related both to coaches at her former South Durham club, which she left a few months after the Rio 2016 Games, as well as the national team set-up. Emily Marsden, a gymnast from the club, told Sky News that when Tinkler left they were told that they were to “have nothing to do with her”.
Paul Anderson, chairman of South Durham, said: “In relation to the comments regarding Emily Marsden these are categorically denied. A complaint was made by Vicky Marsden [Emily’s mother] to British Gymnastics over three years ago. The complaint was fully investigated by British Gymnastics and none of the allegations were upheld. The club was exonerated from any wrongdoing in June 2017.”
Anderson added the club denied “any allegations of abuse and mistreatment of any of its gymnasts”.