As the provincial governing body for the sport of cycling, Cycling BC endorses a sports system that keeps participants in sport free of harassment, abuse, and discrimination. For several years, Cycling BC has committed to the Coaching Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaching Movement and has taken a pledge to implement policies and processes that adhere to three key areas of focus,
- The Rule of Two
- Background Screening (including Criminal Record Checks); and
- Respect and Ethics Training
In addition, Cycling BC would like to draw attention to a couple of recent and specific national resources that have been put in place to help keep sport safe for all. In March 2019 the Government of Canada announced two important initiatives.
- The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) Investigation Unit: a third-party that serves members of the national sport community in helping resolve disputes and ensures that sport organizations are not investigating their own members. This is a pilot project until March 2020, at which time it will be assessed.
- Canadian Sport Helpline: A national toll-free confidential helpline for victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse, and discrimination in sport where victims can speak in confidence to a neutral third-party to report concerns and get help. The helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET), seven days a week at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Investigation Unit and the Canadian Sport Helpline are not meant to replace existing resources or other helplines, but rather to complement them to properly guide Canadians and sport organizations.
Cycling BC recognizes the positive impact that sport can have on the lives of people, especially young athletes, and we will continue to work together with stakeholders to promote a safe environment for all participants to enjoy.
For more information on the Responsible Coaching Movement, go to https://www.coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-s17179
For more information on the Canadian Sport Helpline, go to http://abuse-free-sport.ca/en/