Associated Press ran an article entitled: "Sexual abuse cases put swimming on the defensive", with numerous quotations from both our elite swimmers and coaches participating in the Charlotte UltraSwim.
I commend Garrett Weber-Gale's parents who insisted that one or the other be present on deck during a workout.
From Paul Newberry at Associated Press quoting Garrett Weber-Gale:
"My parents never left my sister and I at the pool by ourselves with the coach," he said. "You don't really know who these coaches are, and you're going to leave your kids there alone for two of three hours? They're just kids. Anything could be going on."
A no "one-on-one" policy for kids under 18-years-old is a sublime idea and should be embraced by USA Swimming. It doesn't have to be a parent but a parent is best. Both, Garrett Weber-Gale, and his parents got it right.
Craig Lord, covered this story in his blog, Swim News, and cited the Associated Press article but changed both the title and premise and then copy/pasted every single quote therein thereby repackaging or creating a disturbing spin of Mr. Newberry's premise.
The original title of the Associated Press article: Sexual abuse cases put swimming on the defensive versus the, Craig Lord, title: US Elite Speak On Abuse Claims, is not only an inaccurate title but insinuates that the sexual abuse crimes committed on USA Swimming affiliated swimmers were simply claims, not crimes.
Also, I find it sketchy that he copy/pasted every single quote from the article but never provided the actual link or an explanation as to why he was allowed to do that to Associated Press.
Featured above is Garrett Weber-Gale promoting good grocery selection. I am told he is quite a chef. Would love to see him on Food Network as his second act post London.