Ex-Olympian Stan Wild continued fitness center teaching after abuse declare


Stan Wild with Olympic torch in 2012

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An ex-Olympic gymnast, who denies abusing youngsters, was expelled by the game’s governing physique 12 years after a criticism was first made in opposition to him.

Stan Wild, 77, competed at two Olympic Video games and later based a membership in York.

In 2008, a girl reported alleged abuse to police and British Gymnastics, however after an inquiry no motion was taken.

Mr Wild, who denies the allegations and has by no means been charged with any offence, was barred after a brand new inquiry by British Gymnastics in 2020.

Nikki O’Donnell, who has waived her proper to anonymity, mentioned she was sexually assaulted a number of instances between the ages of 9 and 14 at Mr Wild’s membership.

She mentioned the abuse included groping and touching her chest and backside and mentioned Mr Wild would additionally enter the fitness center’s altering room when she was undressing.

“He would additionally kiss me and different ladies that I witnessed. He would kiss you on the lips,” she mentioned.

Nikki O'Donnell

In 2008, Ms O’Donnell reported the alleged abuse to the police, who investigated, however no motion was taken and Mr Wild was allowed to hold on teaching.

“They need to have put a cease to it, however they allowed it to hold on and so they allowed it to hold on for a very long time,” she mentioned.

In 2016, one other lady complained she had been abused by Mr Wild on the York Metropolis Gymnastics Basis membership and he was then suspended.

The lady, who can’t be named, mentioned: “I used to be sat on a bench and he mentioned, ‘there will be no extra kisses for anybody’ and I kind of went, ‘sure’ as a result of I used to be blissful about it.

“He pushed me again onto the ground with him on prime of me and his chest in opposition to my chest after which pretended to kiss me once more in entrance of everybody, which simply made me really feel actually embarrassed and uncomfortable.”

The household mentioned the way in which the membership handled the matter made them really feel as if they had been the issue.

The current trustees on the membership mentioned that they had “restricted data” of the criticism introduced by Ms O’Donnell in 2008.

Nevertheless, they mentioned safeguarding was on the coronary heart of the fitness center.

“Our insurance policies and procedures have been rigorously overviewed by the suitable authorities and adjust to finest follow,” they mentioned.

The trustees added they “deeply remorse the damage and upset which has been precipitated”.

Stan Wild competing in 1970s

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In July, British Gymnastics confirmed it had expelled Mr Wild from membership, following the conclusion of the sporting authority’s 2020 investigation.

A spokesperson mentioned British Gymnastics didn’t touch upon particular person safeguarding instances, however it inspired anybody with considerations to report them.

“As quickly as we obtain a criticism, we act swiftly and definitively to research in all instances,” a spokesman mentioned.

He added that complicated instances can take time to come back to a conclusion.

“When allegations are investigated by statutory authorities such because the police, British Gymnastics can’t start or proceed its personal investigation till such inquiries are concluded.

“One motion that may happen whereas investigations proceed is suspension, which instantly prevents an individual from collaborating in any British Gymnastics-regulated exercise, together with teaching.”

British Gymnastics launched an unbiased assessment into allegations of mistreatment within the organisation not linked with Mr Wild in 2020 after plenty of gymnasts alleged there was a tradition of mistreatment within the sport.

Mr Wild represented Nice Britain on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Video games and in 2012 was chosen to hold the Olympic torch by way of York forward of the London video games.

By means of his solicitors, Mr Wild denied the allegations made in opposition to him and mentioned he had no additional remark to make.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed it was investigating historic complaints.

“Detectives have interviewed a 77-year-old man from York in reference to baby abuse complaints from the Nineteen Seventies and 2000s,” a spokesman mentioned.

“Following questioning he was launched beneath investigation.”

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