Thames Empowered – a response to current events

𝐀 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬:⁣⁣⁣
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Coming from a country that has had a history of racism and violence, and in turn has, since the end of apartheid been constantly making changes to try correct the years of inequality and unjust that has occurred. To see these events, unfold in a first world country by educated individuals, to read peoples aggressive attacks on social media, to see the total lack of respect and dignity for human life or opinion has hit my heart with a force beyond measure. I am disappointed in so many humans’ actions, responses and retaliations, and want to make sure my actions help support the greater cause and also continue to bring light and value to those who I can directly impact, in whatever way I can – Misty⁣⁣⁣
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Obviously, as with all of you, I am sickened by the incident with George. As someone who has taken oaths to defend those who need it most the officers in question acted in a way that brings shame to those have upheld justice before them and after them. From since I was small my driving force was to help and protect those who can’t help themselves. I will always stand against unjust behaviour to anyone regardless of creed, gender or race no matter the cost. As a head coach at Thames this may be in a smaller capacity but I will do everything I can in any way I can big or small. If you feel we can be better then please reach out and let us know how. We are always looking for ways to be better and that is easier with help. This has to be all of our driving forces from here on out. This includes everyone from all sides. If you are participating in protests then you also need to check those who are causing unrest and disturbing the peaceful protest you are partaking in. We all need to be better and hold ourselves to higher standards. We are one race. The human race – educate each other on our cultures educate each other on what makes us one race. Stay united and fight injustice together. – Head Coach Milo ⁣⁣⁣
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At Thames we value our community above all else and have always done all within our capacity as a gym, as coaches and as friends to look after our members and to make them feel valued, supported, fit and healthy in their lives, to empower them so that they can take on the world⁣⁣⁣
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We have taken time to start valuable conversations, to listen, to gain perspective, to see what actions we can do in our capacity, and how can help our members and the greater society.⁣⁣⁣
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Our actions, and actions you can follow too:⁣⁣⁣
1. Start the conversation, reach out to your friends, fellow Thames members, make sure they know you are there, in whatever capacity they might need you⁣⁣⁣
2. Listen. Everyone has a different perspective based on the walk they have followed. Be open to how you can be better, ask questions. ⁣⁣⁣
3. Educate yourself. There are many resources available, if you are uncertain, ASK.⁣⁣⁣
4. Support how you want to. Donate if you can, protest if you want. Express yourself in a way that adds value to the cause. Don’t judge how others show their support. You do not know their story.⁣⁣⁣
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On a macro scale, we also are deeply disappointed at how CrossFit HQ has handled this situation. We did not judge their initial silence, as we don’t know what may have been happening in the background, but their actions since then has not been in line with the values of our gym and our community. ⁣⁣⁣
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This abusive retaliation by a leader in the CrossFit community is not what we would expect of any organisation, let alone an organisation that prides itself in helping people live better lives. It is harmful, inflammatory and so incredibly sad to of come from someone that could use their influence to create so much value in the world.⁣⁣⁣
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From our side, we will be disaffiliating with CrossFit and shall donate our annual fee to initiatives dedicated to empowering black communities and making a positive social change.⁣⁣⁣
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Thames has always been a multi-cultural safe place for our members and visitors, it will always be a place where all are welcome, are valued and are supported on whatever their journey is. Our programming, coaching, priorities and day to day will not be impacted by this. Thames will always be the incredible place where you get strong, stay healthy and have the best part of your day. ⁣⁣⁣
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There are many opinions out there, make sure to form your own and stay true to your heart. ⁣⁣⁣
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𝐁𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝, 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞.⁣⁣⁣