The top coach at British Gymnastics has temporarily stood down following complaints about her conduct – including from Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler.
Amanda Reddin, who is due to lead Team GB’s women at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, is now being investigated by the governing body, who promise any outcome will be ‘actioned immediately’.
The decision for Reddin to step aside came on the same day Tinkler revealed part of her own formal complaint against British Gymnastics related to her experiences with the coach – and just an hour after UK Sport formally launched the independent review into allegations of abuse in the sport.
Reddin, the former mentor of London 2012 medallist Beth Tweddle, has also been the subject of complaints from other gymnasts, with Tinkler’s Rio 2016 team-mate Ruby Harrold claiming she presided over a ‘culture of fear’ at their national base at Lilleshall.
In a statement, British Gymnastics said: ‘British Gymnastics has agreed with Amanda Reddin that she will temporarily step aside from her role as head national coach to allow an investigation to proceed into claims about her conduct as a coach.
‘The investigation will be completed by an external independent expert and any outcome actioned immediately. Our processes and investigations will also be scrutinised by the independent review.’
Reddin’s decision to step down while the investigation takes place is the most significant development yet in the gymnastics abuse scandal.
In a statement on Monday, Reddin said: ‘I completely refute these claims. It is wrong that my reputation within the sport that I love is now subject to a trial by media rather than through the proper processes.’
Tinker had earlier put pressure on British Gymnastics after revealing a complaint she made in December 2019 had been dismissed without any explanation.
Team GB’s youngest medallist at the last Olympics retired from the sport in January aged only 20 because of her alleged mistreatment.
In a social media post, Tinkler wrote: ‘I can confirm that part of the complaint I submitted in December 2019 related to my experiences with Amanda Reddin and the national performance coaching set-up at British Gymnastics between 2016 to 2019.
‘On Friday, and only in response to media pressure, I was emailed informing me that my complaints had been dealt with and the matter closed. No explanation was given.
‘The way I received this information made me sick. It reinforced mine and every gymnasts fear, which is that their complaints aren’t dealt with fairly and independently.
‘This why we don’t speak up. This is why we suffer in silence. We know that to speak up is a pointless, career-ending task.
‘I am now chasing British Gymnastics on a summary and explanation of this outcome.
‘I will be submitting my complaints to the independent review. Every gymnast deserves better than this.’
UK Sport and Sport England launched the independent review on Tuesday, which will be undertaken by Anne Whyte QC and known as the Whyte Review.
Its aim is to address whether: gymnasts’ wellbeing and welfare is at the centre of the culture of British Gymnastics; safeguarding concerns and complaints have been dealt with appropriately; and gymnasts, or their parents, have felt unable to raise complaints with appropriate authorities.
A call for evidence is now open and will run until September 25, after which it will be examined, with the review set to take several months.
Sally Munday, the UK Sport chief executive, said: ‘Once we receive the final report, we’ll be working with our colleagues at Sport England and with British Gymnastics to ensure the necessary recommendations and reforms are implemented in order to protect participants at all levels of the sport moving forward.’