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Integrity

Our Commitment

Gymsports Management is committed to safeguarding children and providing a sporting and work environment free of prohibited conduct. We believe that anyone who works for us or represents us, and everyone with whom we deal, has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Gymsports Management will not tolerate prohibited conduct in person, speech or electronic communication including but not limited to: Emotional or Physical Harm Neglect Physical Violence Sexual Misconduct Grooming Discrimination Bullying Harassment.

We will take all complaints of prohibited conduct seriously, and will ensure they are dealt with promptly, sensitively and confidentially. Disciplinary action can be taken against a person who is found in breach of this policy, using the Gymnastics Australia Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy or related internal policies and procedures. Breaches of this policy may be reported to; Police, the Child and Youth Safe Standards Independent Regulator, Sports Integrity Australia, Gymnastics Australia Integrity Team.

Codes of Conduct

We are committed to facilitating a vibrant, challenging and safe learning organisation for each child and our team of staff. Equally important to participation in our gymnastics programs is the manner in which gymnasts, coaches, parents, administrators and judges conduct themselves.

Our codes of conduct identify a series of key principles for club involvement to ensure young people develop good sporting behaviour, have an enjoyable experience and are encouraged to remain involved in physical and sporting activities throughout their lives.

We expect that all of those involved in our club follow the Gymnastics Australia and Gymsports Management Policies, including but not limited to; The National Integrity Framework, Gymnastics Australia Member Protection Policy, Child Safeguarding Policy, Competition Manipulation and Sports Wagering Policy, Improper use of Drugs and Medicine Policy and the eSafety Commissioner recommendations

Coaches

· Remember young people participate for fun and enjoyment.

· Ensure the time gymnasts spend with you is a positive experience. All gymnasts are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.

· Ensure equipment and activities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the gymnast.

· Display professionalism, respect and control to all involved in the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, judges, administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage the gymnasts to do the same.

· Provide positive, encouraging and constructive feedback to gymnasts and present yourself with positive and enthusiastic body language.

· Keep up with changes in gymnastics. Ensure information is up to date, appropriate for the needs of gymnasts and takes into account the principles of growth and development of young people.

· Any physical contact with a gymnast should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the gymnast’s skill development.

· Do not engage in conversations with gymnasts, coaches or parents which reflect negative opinions on the club, management and/or members. Also do not engage in conversations with gymnast regarding issues such as drinking alcohol etc in person or online.

· Do not engage in online communication with children or young people, including but not limited to, instant messaging, sharing images, sharing video content.

· Do not take or store images of athletes using personal devices.

· Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Gymnasts

· Play by the rules.

· Be a good sport. Acknowledge other gymnasts good attitudes, efforts and skills, including from other clubs.

· Treat all gymnasts as you would like to be treated. Do not make negative remarks or bully another gymnast in person and online.

· Cooperate with your coach, other gymnasts and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.

· Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.

· Work equally hard for yourself and for your team.

· Respect the rights and worth of all gymnasts regardless of gender, ability, race or religion.

Parents

· Encourage children to participate if they are interested, do not force them.

· Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.

· Encourage children to play by the rules.

· Remember children are involved in sport for enjoyment.

· Remember children learn best by example. Appreciate good efforts and performances by all participants. Set a good example by your own conduct, behaviour and appearance.

· Show respect and appreciation for coaches, administrators and volunteers of the club. Do not criticize coaches or gymnasts. If you have a concern please make a time to meet with the coach or Manager. Concerns and issues can only be resolved if communicated through the right channels.

· Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities in person or online.

· Accept all decisions of all judges as fair and called to the best of their ability. Do not raise issues of disagreement publicly.

· Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Spectators

· Remember children participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit.

· Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome.

· Respect the judge’s decisions and scores.

· Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition. Positive comments are motivational.

· Condemn the use of violence in any form whether it is by spectators, coaches, judges or gymnasts.

· Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no competition.

· Encourage gymnasts to follow to obey the rules and decisions of the officials.

· Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language or harassing gymnasts, coaches or judges.

· Do not criticize coaches, gymnasts or judgers at events. Be an ambassador for the sport and club.

· Respect the rights, dignity and worth if every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Gymnastics Australia National Integrity Framework

Safeguarding of Children and Young People Policy

Member Protection Policy

Improper use of Drugs and Medicine Policy

Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

Inclusion of Gender Diverse People in Community Gymnastics

Competition Manipulation and Sports Gambling Policy

Advice, Referrals and Mandatory Reporting

Sports Integrity Australia

Gymnastics Australia National Complaints Manager:

P: 0386989700

E: childsafety@gymnastics.org.au

E: integrity@gymnastics.org.au

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)

bond@gymsports.net.au