Gymnastics Canada suspends coach Dave Brubaker for life following internal investigation

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Gymnastics Canada suspends coach Dave Brubaker for life following internal investigation


Former Canadian women’s gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker has been banned for life by the country’s sports governing body following an internal investigation.
Brubaker was found not guilty of sexual assault and sexual exploitation in 2019 after being charged with sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago.

Gymnastics Canada says he was suspended when he was arrested in December 2017.

The organization says his suspension has been extended and an internal investigation has been opened after written complaints.

Dave’s wife Liz Brubaker was also provisionally suspended in 2019 after receiving written complaints while coaching at the Bluewater Gymnastics Club in Sarnia, Ont.

Gymnastics Canada says Liz Brubaker’s suspension has been extended until 2024.

The disciplinary committee in the case said Dave and Liz Brubaker had violated the relevant policies of the organization’s code of ethics and conduct that were in effect at the time the events occurred (1996-2017 ).

The organization says Dave and Liz Brubaker have 15 days to appeal the suspension.

“On behalf of Gymnastics Canada, I would like to thank the committee for their painstaking and diligent work in preparing their decision, and I would like to express my gratitude to the complaining athletes for their cooperation, patience and bravery throughout this very process. arduous. Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss said in a statement. “Gymnastics Canada will provide more details on this investigation once the appeal process is complete. ”

Gymnastics Canada says an investigator interviewed witnesses from both sides and delivered a report detailing the facts of the case. After receiving and reviewing the investigator’s report, the organization’s third party responsible for harassment formally registered the complaints and ordered the matter to be heard by an independent disciplinary committee.

Dave Brubaker did not immediately respond to an interview request.

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