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A voice to the silenced: harrowing gymnast testimonies in Whyte review

By Sean Ingle

16 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

This report breaks down the prevalent abuse in elite British gymnastics between 2008 and 2020. Relentless pursuit of gold medals created a toxic culture.

Report reveals how athletes were fat-shamed in front of peers and left in severe pain after physical abuse during training

Across 306 pages of her landmark report, Anne Whyte paints a shocking and often sickening picture of the culture at British Gymnastics at the grassroots and elite level from 2008 to 2020. This was a time when it was an essential part of Team GB’s medal factory, receiving more than £38m in UK Sport funding. But behind the scenes there were numerous abuses taking place.

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