Child Safe Champions

Child Safe Champion poster in the 2019 Member Welcome Booklet

Gymnastics Victoria are committed to ensuring that gymnastics is a sport that is safe for all participants. Our Gymnastics Victoria Child Safe Champions have been chosen to be advocates for young gymnasts in the community as they are respected and seen as role models. 

Emily Whitehead 

Emily started Gymnastics when she was 5 years old at Grips Gymnastics in Ringwood. She first got involved in the sport because her older sister was a gymnast. Twelve years later, Emily is a Senior International Gymnast at Waverley Gymnastics Centre. 

Emily has gone from strength-to-strength in gymnastics, with podium finishes at multiple World Cup Gymnastics competitions, as well as a Bronze Medal on Vault and a Team Bronze Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Emily was a member of the 2019 Senior International championship team and has been selected for the 2019-20 WAG National Squad. 

Emily is passionate about her role as a Child Safe Champion, and wants all young gymnasts to know that all kids have the right to feel safe. 

“It’s all about feeling safe and happy. We want every child to go into the gym with confidence and feeling like it’s a safe environment,” Emily said. 

Tyson Bull

Tyson Bull is a Men’s Artistic Gymnast who has represented Australia at the 2018 World Championships as well as the 2019 World Cups in Melbourne, Doha and Baku. Tyson has recently returned from studying and training in the United States at the University of Illinois. 

Tyson believes that his role as a Child Safe Champion is to help young gymnasts understand that there is always someone to talk to.

“Sport should be a safe place. Kids should always feel like they can go to a trusted adult to talk to them about anything that might be bothering them,” Tyson said.