Gymnastics Australia engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct an independent Review of Gymnastics in Australia. That review is due to be handed down Monday, May 3.
The Australian Sports Commission, including the AIS, supports this review and we respect that independent process. We will take very seriously its findings or recommendations.
The AIS conducted a gymnastics program from 1981-2012, employing coaches and engaging scholarship athletes. We are aware of complaints throughout this history and of reviews to try and address them, including a public inquiry into the AIS gymnastics program in 1995.
However, these latest allegations of past practises at the AIS are confronting and upsetting. We admire the courage of people who have come forward to share their stories.
We welcome that the current Australian Human Rights Commission review has given these former athletes an independent channel to be heard.