British Gymnastics will put athlete welfare ahead of winning medals by naming banned coaches.

The review detailed issues of physical and emotional abuse in gymnastics, as well as some incidents of sexual abuse.

The cycle of poor past practice will be broken.

An expert will be hired to monitor reforms and coaches who serve bans will be named on its website.

The governing body plans to close a loophole by broadening the roles that require British Gymnastics membership.

British Gymnastics said it was watching a gymnastics club in Bristol after a former coach was hired to work with kids.

Athletes were made to train on broken bones, punished for needing the toilet, and sat on by their coaches, according to a damning review.

Gymnasts were subject to excessive weight management, which left some with eating disorders.

The athletes had their bags searched for food.

The report did not include the names of individual coaches.

"We need everyone in gymnastics, in any role at any level, to commit to collectively doing everything we possibly can to prevent any recurrence of abuse or mistreatment," Powell said.

We have messed up in the past and need to change. We've made progress, but there is more to be done.

'This isn't tough coaching and slight mistreatment' - reaction to the Whyte Review

What is British Gymnastics planning?

Under its 'Reform 25' programme, a 40-point action plans will be introduced, in four phases leading up to 2025:

  • Reforms focused across four areas - culture and strategy; welfare, safeguarding and complaints; education and development; performance.
  • Zero tolerance of any abuse - working with clubs, coaches, gymnasts and parents to ensure an "open, transparent, caring, empowered and safe environment".
  • Better support for those involved in complaints.
  • "Move away from prioritising medals" to focus on a positive culture.
  • Acknowledgement of "poor and outdated practice" within the sport and pledge to create a new generation of coaches.
  • List of banned coaches will be published on the British Gymnastics website.
  • Former Olympic rower and Foreign Office diplomat Dr Catherine Bishop, a leadership consultant, to become an expert independent advisor.
  • Parents and gymnasts to be involved in decisions about development, training loads, and competition age limits.
  • Progress updates to be published every six months.

How did we get there?

The governing body received over 3000 complaints during the 12 year period covered by the Whyte Review.

The way in which people behaved and were allowed to behave has been blamed for the difficulties now facing British Gymnastics.

British Gymnastics has recognised the importance of bringing in different perspectives to challenge and strengthen their work.

The founder of Gymnasts For Change welcomed the naming of banned coaches but would like to see more oversight and an independent ombudsman.

She said that British Gymnastics didn't have a good record of marking their own homework.

Only one of 38 legal claims brought by gymnasts had been resolved, and she called for the process to be sped up.

Heafford said that the delays had caused mental health issues.

The response and action plan from British Gymnastics was an important first step on a long-term journey of change, according to a statement from UK Sport and Sport England.

Abuse in gymnastics - timeline & BBC reporting on this story

The report didn't include any mention of coaches or athletes.

  • July 2020: Nicole Pavier is among a number of gymnasts to make the first allegations of a "culture of fear" within the "mentally and emotionally abusive" sport of gymnastics.
  • Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say abusive behaviour in gymnastics training became "ingrained" and "completely normalised", and then-British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen says she is "appalled and ashamed" by the allegations.
  • Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler criticises British Gymnastics for the time it has taken to investigate a formal complaint she made in 2019.
  • A helpline is launched by the NSPCC and British Athletes Commission to support gymnasts. It receives more than 120 calls in its first five weeks.
  • August 2020: The Whyte Review is formally started.
  • Pavier's former coach, Claire Barbieri, is suspended, while British Gymnastics' head national coach Amanda Reddin steps aside after allegations are made against her. Both denied the allegations made against them.
  • Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson alleges gymnasts are "treated like pieces of meat".
  • September 2020: Two further coaches - Helen Potter and Rory Weavers - are temporarily suspended pending investigation. Both denied the allegations made against them. Their temporary suspension has since been lifted.
  • October 2020: British Gymnastics chief executive Allen announces she will retire in December.
  • November 2020: British Gymnastics sets up an independent complaints process to oversee allegations of mistreatment by athletes.
  • February 2021: A group of 17 start legal action against British Gymnastics. A further 20 later join the group claim.
  • June 2021: Sarah Powell is named British Gymnastics chief executive, and says she is "under no illusions about the scale of change needed" to improve the culture at the organisation.
  • August 2021: British Gymnastics chair Mike Darcey apologises to the gymnastics community for failing to act on allegations of mistreatment.
  • April 2022: BBC Sport reveals leading coach Liz Kincaid was pulled from Great Britain's coaching squad just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics after a serious allegation was made against her. She denied wrongdoing.
  • May 2022: National head coach Reddin steps down from her position with immediate effect. Previous claims against her were not upheld and her suspension was lifted, but another independent investigation is ongoing into "further historical complaints".
  • June 2022: BBC Sport reveals ex-acrobatic gymnast Eloise Jotischky is the first to win a civil case against British Gymnastics for the abuse she experienced in the sport, with the organisation admitting full liability.
  • The Whyte Review is published.
  • British Gymnastics said it is "monitoring" a gymnastics club after Jotischky's former coach Andrew Griffiths was hired to work with children.
  • October 2022: British Gymnastics issues 40-point action plan as it pledges "zero tolerance" on abuse.