Statement from Gymnastics Tasmania President and Chief Executive Officer
(17 March 2020)
We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on our way of life, including our sport. Gymnastics Tasmania (GT) has been working closely with Gymnastics Australia to monitor the situation as it changes hourly. The health and wellbeing of the gymnastics community including athletes, coaches, team personnel, officials, volunteers and staff, is our top priority. We want to ensure that you remain safe and healthy.
The Tasmanian Government has declared an increased potential for cases in Tasmania that requires a change in behaviour for all Tasmanians, and have implications for all sporting events, including Gymnastics. Additionally, Gymnastics Australia has announced this morning that the Australian Championships, scheduled to be held in Melbourne in May has been cancelled, a decision fully supported by GT.
As a result, GT has made the difficult decision to suspend all competitions until the end of June 2020, effective immediately.
We understand the significant impact this has on athletes and the entire Gymnastics Community. Sport is part of our social fabric, however the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers must be our priority.
We urge clubs to take a common-sense approach to training and club activities and we strongly encourage clubs to implement additional hygiene practices to keep all clubs members healthy and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This includes promoting hygiene practices and social distancing measures.
Over the coming months GT will continue to adhere to the advice provided by state and federal Governments and the World Health Organisation who are providing accurate, timely and credible updates relevant to the sporting and wider community.
Now, more than ever, we need to support each other and be kind to each other. Our athletes in particular will need additional support during this challenging time, and we will work hard to keep providing opportunities for our athletes.
We will continue to provide you with updates as they come to hand.
Leigh Oswin Bradley Low
President Chief Executive Officer