Former elite acrobat and gymnast Eloise Jotiscky has become the first gymnast to win a civil case against British Gymnastics for abuse.
Jotiscky was subjected to inappropriate weight management techniques and verbal harassment by Andrew Griffiths, her coach at Heathrow Gymnastics Club.
British Gymnastics admitted liability and reached a settlement with Jotiscky, who received a full apology from the governing body’s chief executive.
Jotiscky alleges that between 2016 and 2018, she was left exhausted having been put on a diet of about 800 calories on a non-training day and about 1,200 calories on a training day. Jotiscky was weighed every Saturday and sometimes during the week as well. Griffiths told Jotisky when she was 12, she needed to lose 5kg (11lb) notwithstanding that she only weighed 46kg (7st 3lb). She alleges Griffiths would shout and scream if he did not approve of her weight.
Heathrow Gymnastics Club has confirmed that Andrew Griffiths no longer works for the club.
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David Hawkins, a specialist in child abuse cases at Verisona Law, said : “We have been involved in a number of cases involving the abuse of young aspiring sport girls and boys, whose dream was to make it as professional athlete. Their dreams were ruined by the actions of abusers working within the sport, who used their power and influence to abuse and bully vulnerable young people. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by this please do not hesitate to get in touch with our award winning team.
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