Club deny telling ath­letes to sever ties with Tin­kler

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Gym­nas­tics By Molly McEl­wee

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”.

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