Update from interim CEO Alastair Marks - British Gymnastics

Update from interim CEO Alastair Marks


During the last three months I have been talking to members of our community, including current and former gymnasts and coaches, to better understand their perspective on changes we can make and lessons we can learn. There is a clear desire for us all to work together to do that. I am committed to hearing from more of our community and to ensuring that this organisation operates in a much more transparent manner.

With that in mind, I know that some within our membership are asking about continued media reports regarding claims being brought by a number of gymnasts against British Gymnastics.

Let me be clear, any athlete who considers that they have been abused must be heard. My door remains open to anyone who wishes to discuss their experiences and/or make recommendations for positive changes or reforms.

I need to emphasise, however, that while some gymnasts and their legal advisors may seek to raise the pursuit of their claims with various media outlets, it would not be appropriate for the sport to take such an approach, in particular now that a formal legal process has begun.

Please be assured that we remain fully committed to the claims being dealt with appropriately and fairly. We also believe that it is vital that each individual case is given the full and thorough attention that it deserves and we accept that it may take some time to do so.

We remain unwavering in our support for the required claims process and investigations. It must not be assumed that our lack of public comment in respect of the claims signals anything other than our commitment to following a correct and fair legal process.