Windsor police have confirmed to CBC Windsor they escorted a man from St. Clair College on Thursday because his behaviour was deemed suspicious during the Ontario Gymnastics Championships.
Windsor police spokesperson Sgt. Matt D’Asti said the man was from Oshawa and was videotaping the competition from the stands.
D’Asti said police received complaints about the man’s behaviour.
The man told police he did not have a child of his own participating but was recording the competition to show his daughter, in case she showed an interest in the sport, D’Asti said.
The man left when asked. No one was arrested and no charges were laid.
D’Asti said Windsor police “may be” in contact with officers in Oshawa.
Shelly Hodare and her son, Daniel, were at the competition. Daniel has been involved in gymnastics for nearly a decade.
"It is very, very disturbing as a parent of an athlete that people would still feel compelled to behave in this manner," said Hodare.
St. Clair College vice president of community relations, John Fairley, said security measures at sporting events have been increased of late and include campus security and off-duty police officers.
Fairley said the college isn’t changing its security and event protocol as a result of the incident.
The Rose City Gymnastics Club, which hosted the event, declined to comment.
More than 1,300 gymnasts aged nine to 17 took part in the competition from Thursday through Sunday.
Shelly Hodare is glad people at the competition spoke up when they noticed something odd about the man's behaviour.
"We're not always comfortable in doing that as adults and sometimes we have to step up to the plate," she said. "It's better to err on the side of caution."