The VIS and Gymnastics

The Australian Human Right’s Commission has published its Report on the Independent Review into Gymnastics in Australia (2021). The findings of the Report are extremely concerning and distressing. Any form of abuse in any sport training program is unacceptable and is not tolerated by the Victorian Institute of Sport.

The Victorian Institute of Sport apologises to any athlete or member of the gymnastics community who has experienced any form of abuse in the sport of gymnastics. The health and wellbeing of our current and former high-performance athletes and staff has and always will be our greatest priority.

The Victorian Institute of Sport supports the 12 key recommendations of the Report and we thank the athletes who have come forward to share their stories.

We encourage anyone who is or has been part of Australian high-performance sport to feel supported and get help if, and when, they need it.

The process does not stop here, and we encourage any former athletes and staff who have concerns or who require support to please contact the AIS Be Heard support service, which provides independent, free, and confidential support. You can free call 1800 565 965 (Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm AEST) or email

If former athletes and coaches, staff or their families require any additional support please also be aware that the AIS Mental Health Referral Network is available and can be contacted on (02) 6214 1130 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm AET) or

If you have urgent concern for yourself or someone else, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for immediate 24/7 support. If someone’s safety is in danger, please call 000.

Nataly Matijevic, Chair and Anne Marie Harrison, CEO of the Victorian Institute of Sport.

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