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Karen Leach's Story
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|Duration||4 Minutes 39 Seconds|
|Description||2013 NSPCC interview with Karen Leach, a safe sport advocate, an ambassador for VOICE (Voices for Truth and Dignity Combatting Sexual Violence in European Sport through the Voices of Those Affected), and an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, trained in Family Systems and Choice Theory. As a child, Leach was recognised as a talented swimmer with strong aspirations and a realistic chance of representing Ireland at the Olympic Games. Between the ages of 10 and 17, she spent endless hours in the swimming pool. During this time, she was routinely abused by her coach. Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception: Ireland’s Swimming Scandals, Leach has been speaking out across Europe and advocating on behalf of children and young people. She is working to create a greater level of awareness and encourage safer spaces for children and young people in sport, working regularly with national and international organisations, in both advisory and public speaking capacities.|