Gymnastics Australia statement on Cheerleading
At its meeting on December 12, 2017, the Gymnastics Australia (GA) Board decided to cease to be the national governing body of Cheerleading in Australia. This decision was the result of a Board sub-committee’s analysis of an independent review into Cheerleading (CL) in Australia, tabled in August 2017.
GA notified the International Cheer Union (ICU), the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Olympic Committee of this decision on January 17, 2018.
Existing Cheerleading members of GA-registered clubs will continue to be recognised for membership and insurance purposes until the end of 2018.
GA will continue to manage the logistics of the Australian Team selected to participate in the 2018 World CL Championships in Orlando, USA in April.
The responsibility for the identification of the entity to be recognised as the national governing body of the sport in Australia from 2019 onwards will sit with the ICU and the ASC. Any entity looking to be recognised as the national governing body will need to satisfy criteria set by the ICU (http://cheerunion.org/membership/application/) and the ASC (https://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/nso/asc_recognition).
While GA will not be a part of any future recognition process, GA will work with relevant stakeholders, including any new recognised body, to ensure a smooth transition process and to ensure clubs and athletes registered with GA will be looked after.
GA will chair a working group to oversee the exit process throughout 2018, with additional information for the Cheerleading community to be provided as appropriate.