BRITISH Rowing is to conduct an internal review after bullying claims were made about Paul Thompson, chief coach of the Great Britain women’s team
BRITISH Rowing is to conduct an internal review after bullying claims were made about Paul Thompson, chief coach of the Great Britain women’s team.
Former GB rower Emily Taylor described Thompson as a “massive bully” in an interview with online magazine The Mixed Zone.
It comes just weeks before the Rio Olympics for which Thompson has been coaching the women’s eight, including Leander athletes Polly Swann, Katie Greves, Karen Bennett and cox Zoe de Toledo.
Taylor, 29, was selected for the original GB squad for the London Olympics in 2012 but was left out of the women’s eight and retired after the Games.
Thompson, who is Australian, has denied the allegations.
The sport’s governing body said it had made contact with Taylor “with the intention to hear her allegations first hand”.
In a statement, it said: “Having considered the allegations and recognising our duty of care to past and current rowers, our own dedicated staff and the wider sport at large, we have taken the decision to now conduct an internal review into these allegations.” Andy Parkinson, chief executive of British Rowing, added: “We have a duty of care to everyone involved in the high performance programme and we treat allegations of this nature very seriously.
“As a responsible national governing body, we will make every effort to assess the facts so that we are able to address the current situation and continually improve our programmes.
“I am personally committed to reviewing the current situation and, as an organisation, we are committed to providing a positive experience for everyone in our sport, at all levels.”