International Gymnastics Federation’s 10 Golden Rules of Gymnastics

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has unveiled the “10 Golden Rules of Gymnastics” an awareness campaign providing principles for participation with the goal of ensuring "a safe and respectful environment".

The campaign aims to raise awareness of youth protection and the fight against abuse of any kind; to remind everyone that mental and physical health comes first in all cases and to build a respectful, positive environment in gymnastics.

Athletes, coaches and officials provided feedback on early drafts and the 10 Golden Rules have been refined by the Safeguarding Working Group which includes 15 current or former athletes.

Dual Olympian Allana Slater OLY is a member of the FIG Safeguarding working group made up of athletes, coaches and officials from multiple generations across the world.

Allana Slater Competing

Allana is delighted to see the campaign being promoted by Gymnastics WA. “The 10 Golden Rules were in its initial stages when the working group was formed and we assisted in the modification and finalisation of the images, text and GIFs released by FIG, as we saw appropriate for all age groups and cultures. We also were the working group that reviewed and rewrote the Code of Conduct that was released this past week, after passing through the legal department and being accepted at congress. Last year the working group reported directly to the President and board of FIG. With the success of the working group, a new committee that sits above the working group was formed. We as a working group are still integral as we are the voices of the athletes, coaches and officials to ensure safeguarding for all parties and give feedback on multiple areas within the sport, a voice to those that may need another pathway, for the betterment of the sport worldwide.”

The 10 Golden Rules of Gymnastics:

  • I do gymnastics for fun
  • I pursue my own dreams, not someone else’s
  • I know that I will have good days and tough days
  • I listen to my body
  • I balance my passion for gymnastics with other big goals in my life
  • My health is more important than medals
  • I have the right to be respected as I am
  • I have the right to express myself freely, be heard and be treated fairly
  • I understand and respect the roles of the people around me
  • I act with fairness and integrity

The campaign also engaged with top athletes, coaches, sports administrators, sports figures and a number of national federations with whom shared their ideas and solutions at the FIG online conference to enhance the training environment.

FIG outlines that this campaign is the first of many steps. “As new generations of athletes and coaches show a strong will for change, the FIG is committed to supporting this positive shift of mentalities and leading all initiatives that contribute to not tolerating anymore the old, authoritarian training methods - however successful they might have been in the past.”

A press release from the FIG states “Although mentalities cannot be changed overnight with a magic wand, building a positive culture in sport is everyone’s business.”

For further information, posters and a video of “The 10 Golden Rules of Gymnastics” click here.