Abuse claims made against top GB coach

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - Gym­nas­tics By Ben Rumsby

Bri­tain’s top women’s gym­nas­tics coach has been dragged into the sport’s abuse scan­dal amid claims she had been the sub­ject of a num­ber of com­plaints over sev­eral decades.

ITV News also al­leged yes­ter­day that Amanda Red­din, who is due to take charge of Team GB’s women at next year’s post­poned Olympics, was at the cen­tre of two cases that were still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The net­work re­ported that a for­mer gym­nast had been told by Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics that a com­plaint she sub­mit­ted against Red­din ear­lier this year, but which re­lated to his­toric mat­ters, had not been up­held.

Her al­le­ga­tions were said to fo­cus on a four-year pe­riod in the mid-to-late 1980s, start­ing when the gym­nast was nine years old and Red­din was a coach at the Brighton Gym­nas­tics Club.

ITV said it had ob­tained a de­tailed let­ter from Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics re­spond­ing to var­i­ous claims of fat-sham­ing, slap­ping and shout­ing, which read: “It was not pos­si­ble to sub­stan­ti­ate the al­le­ga­tions based on the time passed.”

It was also said to state that “there are no other cur­rent com­plaints re­gard­ing Amanda Red­din”.

Re­spond­ing to ac­cu­sa­tions that fur­ther com­plaints had been made against Red­din, the gov­ern­ing body said: “We will make no fur­ther com­ments on in­di­vid­ual com­plaints be­ing re­ceived. We had pre­vi­ously re­ceived a com­plaint and this was dealt with through our em­ploy­ment process prior to this email re­sponse.”

Red­din told ITV News in a state­ment: “I com­pletely re­fute the his­tor­i­cal claim, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics did not up­hold the com­plaint.”

She added: “I com­plete re­fute these claims. It is wrong that my rep­u­ta­tion within the sport that I love is now sub­ject to a trial by me­dia rather than through the proper pro­cesses.

“I would wel­come the al­le­ga­tions be­ing sub­mit­ted to the in­de­pen­dent review into al­leged abuse in gym­nas­tics to en­sure the in­tegrity of the process is pro­tected for both ath­letes and coaches.”

Red­din, who has not been sus­pended, was awarded an OBE in 2013 for ser­vices to sport.

The in­de­pen­dent review into al­le­ga­tions Bri­tish gym­nasts had been bul­lied, beaten and starved tak­ing part in the sport is sched­uled to be launched in the next week.

De­nial: Amanda Red­din, who is due to take charge of Team GB’s women in Tokyo, ‘com­pletely re­futes’ the al­le­ga­tions

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