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British gymnasts who have participated in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games for abuse and bullying


Leading British gymnasts who have participated in the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games claim that they were "beaten and starved" by coaches during the bullying and abuse campaign

  • Former Commonwealth gymnast Lisa Mason claims she was abused
  • Catherine Lyons, 19, also claims to have been attacked and bullied by a trainer
  • A number of allegations come after Netflix aired a film about Larry Nassar's abuse
  • British Gymnastics "condemns any conduct that harms the good of the gymnasts"

Commonwealth gymnastics champion Lisa Mason (pictured), who competed for Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, claims she has suffered abuse, some of which she believed occurred at the age of 10.

Dozens of former British gymnasts, including an Olympic star, have claimed that they were "beaten and starved" by coaches as part of a bullying culture.

Commonwealth gymnastics champion Lisa Mason, who competed for Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, claims she has suffered abuse, some of which she believed occurred at the age of 10.

The now 38-year-old claims that the abuse includes coaches who place artificial turf under their training area to force them to hold their feet up and exercise until their hands bleed.

Meanwhile, Catherine Lyons, now 19 years old and a former European Junior Champion and British gymnast, has claimed that she was attacked and bullied by a trainer.

Speaking to ITV News, the former gymnast, who has since given up on sports and has since gone through counseling, claims that she was hit with a stick in one incident and told another that she was overweight and she was starved to death for a week.

Another former elite gymnast told Sky News that she was "subjugated" by a trainer.

Catherine Lyons (picture), now 19 years old and a former European Junior Champion and British gymnast, claimed to have been attacked and bullied by a trainer

Catherine Lyons (picture), now 19 years old and a former European Junior Champion and British gymnast, claimed to have been attacked and bullied by a trainer

She said: “Mental and physical abuse was the norm. We were taught to be more afraid of a coach than the skills we were trying to do, and that this was the only way to achieve this.

"I will never know if it was possible to reach my level without it, or if I had not been beaten to submission, I could have been better."

Meanwhile, Miss Mason said gymnasts were routinely instructed to use pain relievers to train while injured.

She said: “We practically popped Voltarol from the age of 12. Some of my teammates couldn't complete a training session without completing it.

Catherine Lyons competed for the British gymnastics team at the 2014 European Artistic Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria

Lisa Mason competed for Britain at the Olympic and Commonwealth levels. Here she competes in the vault in the final of the senior apparatus for women during the British Gymnastics Championships for men and women in the Echo Arena 2013

Pictured here (left) is Catherine Lyons, who competes for the British gymnastics team at the 2014 European Artistic Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lisa Mason competed for Britain at the Olympic and Commonwealth levels. She is pictured here when she competed at the British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool in 2013

"If that wears off, you'll get a shot of cortisone.

"I had to measure myself against the strain of my third grade ankle and a stress fracture in my shin."

The allegations come after the broadcast of the Netflix film Athlete A, which was released on June 24.

The film described the shocking crime committed by US team doctor Larry Nassar who was convicted of sex offenses against hundreds of underage American gymnasts.

More than 500 women and girls spoke up about being abused by Nassar, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney.

An investigation led to Nassar being sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse while at the USAG and Michigan State University.

The film described the shocking crime of US team doctor Larry Nassar (pictured) who was convicted of sex offenses against hundreds of underage American gymnasts

The film described the shocking crime of US team doctor Larry Nassar (pictured) who was convicted of sex offenses against hundreds of underage American gymnasts

British Gymnastics, the UK board of gymnastics, commented on the allegations of abuse by British gymnasts as follows: & # 39; The documentary & # 39; Athlete A & # 39;, who is currently broadcast worldwide and describes the Larry Nassar scandal in the United States, has rightly shaken the sport core and has had a profound impact on all of us.

& # 39; (We) condemn any behavior that damages the wellbeing of our gymnasts.

& # 39; Such behavior completely contradicts our standards for safe coaching.

"Our Integrity Department investigates any allegations of emotional abuse and bullying that have been reported to us or identified by our national network of club welfare officers and take disciplinary action to prevent recurrence."

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