Our Strategy - Gymnasts 2028
The Gymnastics Ethics Foundation's Strategic Framework 2023 - 2028
Gymnasts 2028 is aimed at making the sport of gymnastics safe, thriving and impactful for all. The strategic framework takes a human-centric approach, placing gymnasts and the people that support and serve gymnastics at the heart of its work. It has been designed to engage all key stakeholders inside and outside the institutional gymnastics system.
The timeframe of Gymnasts 2028 structures the Foundation’s work and allows for impactful action leading up to the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 editions of the Olympic Games. Both Games are regarded as critical benchmark moments for the sport of gymnastics specifically, and for wider issues concerning ethics, integrity and safety in global sport more generally.
Drawing lessons from the Foundation’s first four years of operations, Gymnasts 2028 outlines urgent challenges and trends in gymnastics and describes how the Foundation seeks to address them through five strategic priorities.
The following strategic priorities have been developed in order of importance. Work in the first three priority areas will provide the foundation for the organisation to expand its support and services proposition into growth and value generation starting in 2025. Four activity areas and guiding principles have been developed for each priority.
The GEF’s strategic framework is based on a values-based architecture that aims to build trust, attain legitimacy, uphold justice, nurture innovation and to be evolutionary. It is the bedrock to achieving the Foundation’s vision.
Theory of Change
Gymnasts 2028 is impact-driven and adheres to the Foundation’s theory of change. This theory seeks to prevent harm, enforce ethical standards of behaviour through adjudication and disciplinary mechanisms, develop and grow the capacity of the ecosystem to be both compliant with such standards and engage with one another in order to innovate and generate value. It’s about perpetuating a culture of respect and success for all.
Global Gymnastics Ecosystem
Gymnasts 2028 has been designed to engage all key stakeholders inside and outside the institutional gymnastics system, as illustrated below. At the center of the diagram are gymnasts from the eight disciplines and the people that serve, protect and support them.
(inspired by the Centre for Sport and Human Rights Global Sports Ecosystem Diagram)