The Evolution of the Safe Sport Initiative
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) was launched by the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) in June 2016, and introduced to the rowing community at the 2016 Rowing BC AGM. Since then, Rowing BC has been a leader in adopting and promoting safe sport, where all participants can enjoy sport without fear of harassment or maltreatment. Through education for coaches and officials, professional development sessions, and engagement with club administrators, Rowing BC has been working diligently to embed the core values and processes of the RCM in our sport.
All sports in Canada are now (late 2020) in the process of introducing Safe Sport policies and guidelines, based on a new Universal Code of Conduct (UCCMS). Read the draft of the UCCMS HERE. Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is working to create a National Safe Sport Policy, that will be published as a Safe Sport Manual. It is expected that this manual will be published by the end of March 2021. Rowing BC is working closely with RCA to develop these policies, and looks forward to this journey with RCA to create a better sport world for all.
Safe Sport Resources
National Safe Sport Helpline
Are you a victim or witness of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport? Contact the Canadian Sport Helpline to share your concerns and be referred to the appropriate resources. Open from 8 am to 8 pm (ET) 7 days a week, it is anonymous, confidential, independent and bilingual.
Safe Sport Training Module
The CAC has developed a Safe Sport Training module for all sport organisations. Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Rowing BC strongly recommends that all member organisations have not only their coaches take this free training module, but their administrators as well.
Every Coach Certified Initiative
An integral part of implementing Safe Sport standards is RCA’s Every Coach Certified initiative. A reminder to all member organisations and their coaches that all rowing coaches in Canada must have completed the Every Coach Certified requirements by March 31 2021 in order to be able to continue coaching.
Please contact Rowing BC Para Coach and Coach Coordinator, Martin George if you would like any more information.