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Paedophile Hysteria . Index



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 championships.

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 - Paedophile concerns
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 over-cautious.


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.