Canada Artistic Swimming believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
Canada Artistic Swimming is committed to providing a safe training environment to all participants. This includes providing access to information about concussion education & management, anti-doping and responsible coaching, as well as giving access to a national independent Safe Sport Officer.
In addition, Canada Artistic Swimming has recently adopted several governing policies related to safe sport, which can all be accessed through our Safe Sport Policies page.
A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
A REPORTING AND
Below is a quick reference list to the steps taken since 2016 by Canada Artistic Swimming to build a stronger, safer, more welcoming future for our organization.
- Required national coaches and officials to complete mandatory Respect in Sport Certification starting in 2016 with all National team coaches, staff and athletes and in 2019 added the requirement that it must be completed every three years by all club coaches and officials (effective January 1, 2021)
- Adopted a new strategic plan outlining values of respect, ethics and athlete-centred decision-making
- Adopted a new name and brand in 2018 with brand essence “forging unity through diversity”
- Effective September 1, 2019, all coaches, officials, and volunteers in the sport must follow our new Screening Policy.
- Developed a best in class suite of Conduct policies which were rolled out to be effective in all provinces and clubs in the organization and continually updated to reflect government priorities and standards from 2017 until May 2020. These are being updated as the system evolves.
- Ensured our Discipline and Complaint Policy addressed any issues of discrimination or harassment, on any basis, including race, religion, or gender identity.
- Since 2018, encouraged all athletes to report to a responsible person or directly to our external, third-party Safe Sport Officer if they feel they have been subjected to discrimination or bullying of any sort through education and the CAS Safe Sport page on its website https://artisticswimming.ca/safe-sport/.
- Effective September 1, 2019, introduced a Coaching Registration and Certification Policy that requires coaches and other participants to acknowledge and commit to abide by the CAS Conduct Policy as a condition of registering. This policy defines the appropriate behaviour expectations for all participants in our sport.
- Created the Safety in Sport Coordinator position in fall 2019 at the National Office to support CAS commitment to safe and inclusive sport programs, and to answer any questions from athletes, coaches or anyone in the organization. This full-time staff position is now called Safe Sport Manager.
- In the summer of 2020, CAS supported our national team athletes to join athletes from all sports in standing against racism and discrimination. Training and education in allyship and diversity and inclusion was provided for Board, CAS Staff and Coaches as well as PTSO Executive and Volunteer Leaders in the fall of 2020.
- In July 2020, CAS established a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to address on-going gaps in achieving our goals of access for all, including finalizing our Diversity and Inclusivity Policy, to conduct a full review to ensure the sport’s rules support inclusivity, and also to examine ways to make the sport more financially accessible for all.
- CAS continues to reach out to people who have provided personal and systemic feedback to invite them to be part of the solutions as we go forward.
- CAS continues to support Canadian leaders in building a more robust judging and scoring system at the international and national level that reflects the ideals of the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger, and is based on objective and measurable performance criteria – consistent with Canadian sport values.