Gymnastics Canada statement regarding the outcome of the Scott McFarlane trial
OTTAWA, ON (November 29, 2022) – Gymnastics Canada acknowledges the decision by the Ontario Supreme Court this past week regarding Mr. Scott McFarlane. Mr. McFarlane’s temporary suspension from all Gymnastics Canada and member association activities will be extended until such time that an internal review of the alleged behaviour detailed in the court proceedings can be completed.
Gymnastics Canada acknowledges, understands and remains committed to our responsibility in creating and preserving gymnastics environments that ensure positive, healthy, and fulfilling experiences for all of our participants. Together with our provincial and territorial partners and member clubs, we are continuing to implement a safe sport framework for gymnastics across the country. This framework includes tools to assist parents and other responsible adults to identify potentially unsafe situations and take proactive steps to ensure the safety of the athletes; providing confidential channels for athletes to communicate concerns with respect to their safety and well-being without risk of reprisals; and utilizing the appropriate enforcement mechanisms for addressing individuals who breach safe sport policies.
We remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that inappropriate and harmful conduct is dealt with immediately and effectively. Gymnastics Canada and its member organizations consider the safety and well-being of all participants as our top priority.
For more information on the Gymnastics Canada Safe Sport Framework, please visit: http://gymcan.org/programs/safe-sport/overview
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CEO Gymnastics Canada