British Gymnastics: Weight-shaming allegations ‘completely unacceptable’

British Gymnastics has described further weight-shaming allegations levelled by Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler as "completely unacceptable".

In an interview with ITV News, Tinkler describes how national coach Amanda Reddin "went psycho" after finding sweet wrappers in her room, and accused her of looking "fat".

Tinkler also blames Reddin, who has stepped aside from her role pending a broader investigation into her conduct, for causing an an ankle injury which forced her to miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain celebrates winning the bronze medal after competing on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Amy Tinkler (L) and Ruby Harrold (R) of Great Britain look after Elissa Downie was injured and taken off during their floor apparatus during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
LILLESHALL, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Amy Tinkler of the British Gymnastics Team during a training session at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on April 29, 2016 in Shropshire, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
British Amy Tinkler competes on April 15, 2015 in a qualifying round of the floor exercise event at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in the southern French city of Montpellier. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered - LOGO ADDED TO BACKGROUND)A portrait of Amy Tinkler, a member of the Great Britain Olympic Gymnast team, during the Team GB Kitting Out ahead of Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 16, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Amy Tinkler of South Durham competes on the Beam during day two of the Mens & Womens Artistic British Championships 2015 at the Echo Arena on March 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 23: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain competes on the Uneven Bars during Day One of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Judge, Amy Tinkler awards Danusia Francis of Jamaica a '10' for her performance on balance beam during the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 03: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain competes on the uneven bars during the qualification round of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on October 3, 2017 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 27: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain competes in the Floor during day five of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 27, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain celebrates winning the bronze medal with her coach after competing on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LILLESHALL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Amy Tinkler of the British Gymnastics Team poses during a portrait session at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on February 11, 2016 in Shropshire, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain walks in to the arena to compete in the women's competition for the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on April 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LILLESHALL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Amy Tinkler of the British Gymnastics Team poses during a portrait session at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on February 11, 2016 in Shropshire, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Barry Herne chairman of Matchroom Sport talks to Great Britain's Amy Tinkler after the women's competition during the World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2, London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)
LILLESHALL, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Amy Tinkler of the British Gymnastics Team looks on during a training session at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on April 29, 2016 in Shropshire, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Bronze medalist Amy Tinkler of Great Britain, gold medalist Simone Biles of USA, silver medalist Alexandra Raisman of USA pose during the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor Exercise on day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain competes on the beam during the women's competition for the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on April 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain walks in to the arena to compete in the women's competition for the iPro Sport World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on April 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Amy Tinkler on the beam during the World Cup of Gymnastics at The O2, London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)
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British Gymnastics said in a statement: "The incidents recounted by Amy are completely unacceptable in our sport.

"Investigations are already underway into a number of these claims. These allegations, and any additional information Amy wishes to submit, will be provided to the relevant investigations."

Last week, Tinkler published a series of e-mails in which another national coach, Colin Still, alluded to her being a "fat dwarf", prompting British Gymnastics to launch a separate inquiry.

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Tinkler is not the first elite GB athlete to question "weight-shaming" techniques.

Rio team-mate Ellie Downie revealed she had been routinely told to lose weight during national camps, and been asked by a nutritionist to provide food diaries of everything she ate, and post daily pictures of herself in her underwear.

Describing one incident at a training camp ahead of the world championship, Tinkler said: "Amanda came over to us and was like, I can be a bitch when I want to be a bitch and this is one of them times and basically just went psycho at us for having sweet wrappers in our rooms.

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"There was a girl there who she liked the look of, her body shape was ideal for her and she said, you should all look like this girl.

"But not one gymnast has the same body shape. We got told that our bodies are very similar to the Americans and that they look good and they look muscly and we got told that we just look fat."

In a statement issued through British Gymnastics, Reddin said: "[I] will be fully supportive of the independent investigator by submitting all relevant information and evidence I have in response to these allegations."

Also speaking for the first time since the allegations were levelled against him, Still said he felt "genuinely devastated" to learn that comments he had made had hurt any gymnasts.

Still added: "I do not recall or have record of making these comments attributed to me two years ago.

"An investigation is ongoing which I fully support and will be submitting all relevant information and evidence to."

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