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Ellen MacPherson announced as Director, Safe Sport

MacPherson, who is currently completing her PhD in Exercise Sciences at the University of Toronto, has advanced knowledge and experience with respect to Safe Sport. This includes graduate coursework and research which focuses on maltreatment in sport, international athlete protection initiatives, athlete welfare, and positive youth development. She has designed and delivered presentations at national and international conferences, and recently attended the first Safe Sport International conference this past spring in Madrid. Additionally, Ellen has worked with the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, and Gymnastics Canada on several other projects.

MacPherson’s education and knowledge, as well as her strong communication, project management, and problem solving skills, will help GCG develop our Safe Sport Framework, which focuses on a sport environment that is safe, healthy, and inclusive for athletes, coaches, judges, and sports administrators across the country.


First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics


For more information, contact:

Julie Forget
Director, Communications and Marketing
Gymnastics Canada
Cell: 819.210.2064

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