September 2006 - The
risk of paedophiles taking unsavoury photographs of young athletes has
prompted Gymnastics New Zealand to crack down on camera use at its national
A competition spokesman, Dave Worsley, said no specific incident prompted the
push to have all cameras, registered and labelled on entry. However, it
was clear there was a risk
2006-0928 - Waikato
Times - Paedophile snappers force camera rethink
by Justine Turner - Paedophiles with cameras are forcing several
Waikato sporting organisations and businesses to rethink their photography
policies. Gymnastics New Zealand took a hard line against the snappers during
this week's national championships in Christchurch, making spectators
register and label their cameras and cellphone cameras.
2006-0928 - Southland Times -
Sleaze and safety
Editorial - Meanwhile, a constriction of rules is developing at
Gymnastics New Zealand, an organisation that has become acutely aware of the
risk of paedophiles taking photos of young athletes...... Was this really
necessary? Maybe ....... What is clear, however, is that it would become
ridiculous if this became a general practice.
2006-0926 - Timaru Herald -
Respected Invercargill gymnastics judge, coach and organiser Colin
McMullien admits the sport has long been a target for paedophiles.
2006-0926 - Southland
Times - Gymnasts 'target of deviants'
by Nathan Burdon - Respected Invercargill gymnastics judge, coach and organiser
Colin McMullien admits the sport has long been a target for paedophiles in
New Zealand and overseas.......... "We do encounter the odd strange
fellow in gymnastics," McMullien said. "I've spoken to (alleged
paedophiles) before at camps. At a camp in Christchurch I was asked to speak
to one guy and he got the message."
2006-0926 - The Press -
Gymnastics 'target' for paedophiles
Gymnastics has long been a target for paedophiles in New Zealand and
overseas, says Invercargill judge, coach and organiser Colin McMullien......
McMullien, who will be judging in Christchurch this week, said one of his
unofficial roles at gymnastics events was ensuring there were no suspicious
people in the crowd. "We do encounter the odd strange fellow in
gymnastics," McMullien said. "I've spoken to (alleged paedophiles)
before at camps. At a camp in Christchurch I was asked to speak to one guy
and he got the message."
2006-0925 - Radio NZ - Camera
registration at NZ Gymnastic Champs
Gymnastics New Zealand is asking people to register before using
cameras at this week's National Championships. The chief executive of the
organisation Jack Ralston says the rule was introduced two years ago
following a directive from the Federation of International Gymnastics in
order to keep young competitors safe. Some have labelled the rule as
2006-0925 - The Press - Crackdown
on cameras at gymnastics champs
by Sean Scanlon - The risk of paedophiles taking unsavoury photographs
of young athletes has prompted Gymnastics New Zealand to crack down on camera
use at its national championships in Christchurch this week. Gymnastics New Zealand will register all
spectator cameras taken into its national championships and label them
because of concerns about paedophiles.
2006-0925 - NZ Herald -
Paedophile fear limits cameras at gymnastic champs
NZPA - Spectator cameras at this week's national gymnastics
championships in Christchurch will be registered and labelled to combat the
risk of paedophiles taking inappropriate photos of young gymnasts. The Press
newspaper reported today that Gymnastics New Zealand planned to crackdown on
cameras, including photo-capable cellphones, at the champs which features 700
athletes, including young people. Spokesman Dave Worsley said nothing
specific had prompted the move.