Gymnastics Canada statement in response to the criminal charges against Thierry Pellerin
OTTAWA, ON (July 3, 2020) – Gymnastics Canada (GymCan) is aware that Thierry Pellerin, a current athlete on the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics national team, was arrested yesterday for multiple alleged offences in Lévis, Quebec. The charges stem from an investigation by the Lévis Police Service. As a result, Gymnastics Canada has provisionally suspended Mr. Pellerin from active membership (including national team membership) pending the outcome of the judicial process. Through a national reciprocity agreement, Mr. Pellerin’s membership with Gymnastics Canada affiliated organizations is suspended and he may not engage in any sanctioned activities with any provincially affiliated member clubs across Canada.
At this time, GymCan will not comment further on the matter or any of the allegations raised until the judicial process progresses and further information is available. GymCan will cooperate with the Lévis Police Service and may implement further measures as information becomes available. GymCan remains committed to the wellbeing of all participants in our collective programming and we will work closely with Gymnastics Quebec to provide support services to athletes or individuals impacted by this situation.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, please contact the Lévis Police Service at 418-832-2911. A confidential line is also available at 418-835-5436 (TEL-LIEN).
As the national governing body for gymnastics, we acknowledge, understand and embrace our responsibility to take a leadership role in creating and preserving gymnastics environments that ensure positive, healthy and fulfilling experiences for all our participants. To that end, together with our provincial partners and member clubs, we are continuing to implement a safe sport framework across the country which includes updated policies to better reflect participant well-being and safety; a proactive approach to complaint management with engagement from a third party professional, and appropriate enforcement mechanisms for addressing individuals who breach safe sport policies; safe channels for athletes to communicate concerns with respect to their safety and well-being without risk of reprisals; and consistent educational engagement with the gymnastics community to optimize athlete welfare.
For more information, please visit: http://gymcan.org/programs/safe-sport/overview
For further information, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer