OUR SAFE SPORT MISSION
Freestyle Canada 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. Safe Sport at Freestyle Canada also encompasses our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility.
Freestyle Canada believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member.
OUR SAFE SPORT OPERATIONAL STATEMENT
The Freestyle Canada safe sport program focuses on three key areas: Education, Prevention, and Response, all of which are supported by strong governance, policies, and procedures. The goal is to ensure that all members and registrants, at all levels, have the resources to provide and access a fun, healthy, inclusive, and safe environment. See Prevention and Education in the Freestyle Safe Sport Resource Centre (hyperlink).
FREESTYLE CANADA – SAFE SPORT LIAISON
Freestyle Canada is committed to safety in sport and in accordance with all Sport Canada requirements. As part of these commitments, Freestyle Canada has selected Stephen Harris as its Safe Sport Liaison (SSL) contact. He is neutral and independent to Freestyle Canada and comes with extensive experience in safe sport assessment, analyzing, governance, and best practices. Stephen also comes with over 30 years of High-Performance sport experience within Canada’s National Sport system.
The Safe Sport Liaison is the designated individual to receive and review all complaints, allegations, and concerns of possible breaches to Freestyle Canada’s Code of Conduct or related policies and guide you through the process and/or explore other options. See Freestyle Canada Policies in the Safe Sport Resource Centre (insert hyperlink). Your conversation with the Safe Sport Liaison is confidential subject to certain legal limits.
All individuals who witness or believe they have witnessed, or been a victim or believe they may have been a victim of a breach of conduct should contact:
Freestyle Canada Safe Sport Liaison (FC SSL)
FC SSL: Stephen Harris
Email: [email protected]
Alternatively, for general non-misconduct disputes, including team selection, you are encouraged to try and resolve your situation at the National, Provincial, or Club level before contacting the Safe Sport Liaison.
For additional Safe Sport assistance that is not covered in the Freestyle Canada Safe Sport Resource Centre, or as an alternative resource, you can contact:
THE CANADIAN SPORTS HELPLINE
Available to all members – The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance, and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
1-888-837-7678 – ABUSE-FREE-SPORT.CA