New documents released by Gymnastics New Zealand (GNZ) show that an “independent” steering committee set up to oversee the implementation of revision recommendations in the gymnastics culture is not at all independent.
The GNZ has influence over who is appointed to the steering committee, and is not bound by its recommendations. In addition, the GNZ Board may remove committee members without notice.
Lawyer Sally McCachney – a partner of Simpson Grayson, who has also served on royal commissions, was appointed by GNZ on Tuesday to lead the steering committee.
He confirmed that the recommendations of the steering committee are not currently binding.
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“We are just a recommending body,” he said.
“The intention is that we make recommendations for that. [Gymnastics New Zealand] Board. “
The terms of the current draft state that the committee yet to be established is accountable to the GNZ board, and will include members from GNZ and Sport New Zealand.
The GNZ board is also finalizing who can sit on the committee, although an “independent” appointment panel – comprising former Olympian Dr. Shane Collins, sports governance expert Marie Burnett, Olympic long jumper Chantelle Berner and former gymnast Dr. Kareena McHardy is one of them. Recently set to make recommendations.
GNZ is “committed to implementing every recommendation,” said Tony Compier, chief executive of Gymnastics New Zealand.
The steering committee was to be formed by the end of March.
After a seven-month delay, Compier said the organization consulted with “relevant experts”, including human rights, survivors and child protection experts, before appointing McKinney.
“We have been sensitive to ensure that we gather all the necessary information and talk to as many people as possible to ensure that we lay the groundwork for the work that the steering committee will do,” said Compier. need to.”
The consultation is set to continue until the end of September, and both GNZ and McKechnie have called on the broader gymnastics community to give “significant feedback” on the steering committee. Foundation documents.
Compier said recruitment to the six positions available on the panel would be “by October”.
The committee “is responsible for engaging and collaborating with many people and groups, including survivors, past and present players, clubs, coaches, volunteers, relevant experts as well as representative bodies – both past and present.” To ensure a comprehensive and equitable process, GNZ said in a statement that, as it advises and recommends changes to the board, it is implemented.
Independent reviews were established one after another. Equipment Investigation In 2020, which exposed psychological and verbal abuse, Shame on the body, Sexuality, biased judgment and manipulation of scores, training of athletes to compete with very long and hard, and severely injured.
McCachney said it was an “important task” and hoped his role could help improve gymnastics.
“The game has some major challenges, not only in New Zealand, but in other countries and in other sports in New Zealand. This is an important time for community and high-performance sports in New Zealand to think hard about these issues.
“Some important cultural changes are needed. They have been identified in an independent review and will be difficult to achieve. Important but challenging.
“There are some features of this game that are challenging. Age statistics … Many of the participants in the game are young children, so there are aspects of the game that make the participants more vulnerable.
Homan has welcomed his appointment.
“It’s a good thing they’ve got someone as smart as Sally. We’re happy to see the movement,” he said.
“It’s a positive step and one that I think will work well.”
Gymnastics New Zealand is hosting. Three zoom sessions – Two Wednesdays and one week – For those who want to comment on the draft documents before finalizing them in late September.