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Safe Sport – A discussion about maltreatment
The athletic journey can be one of self-discovery, social connection, physical health and enjoyment. It is a unique opportunity to cultivate positive values, grow natural talents, develop new skills, and experience a world we may only dream is possible. For most kids in sport, it’s an overwhelmingly positive experience to work with coaches and teammates, but for some, and here any number is too high, participating in sport is damaging and has a negative impact on their lives. I’m speaking of maltreatment. Maltreatment is a behaviour that is executed deliberately, even if well intended, that is harmful or has the potential to be harmful to the recipient. Maltreatment is an umbrella term that is but not limited to, abuse, assault, neglect, harassment, bullying, hazing, and discrimination. Maltreatment can be carried out as a pattern of behaviour that is experienced over time or it can be one single, serious, and harmful incident. Maltreatment is not an accidental injury within sport.
As sport evolves, we in alpine skiing are growing too. Starting this season, club members and those involved in ski racing across the country, will be required to complete Safe Sport training to volunteer in events. The program was launched last season as mandatory training for coaches and is invaluable for growing our abilities to recognize maltreatment in sport. Allison Forsyth, a WMSC alumni has being at the forefront of this movement in advocating and working for change within our systems. Last month she gave an interview on the Leave your Mark podcast, where she is open about her experience extreme maltreatment of sexual abuse as a ski racer, educates on how to recognize signs before it happens and shares tools we can put in place for systemic change. I encourage all parents to listen with your kids, click here to do so and have a conversation about what is learned.
Everyone has a role to play in this pursuit of making sport a healthy and thriving environment for all participants. To take the Safe Sport training (1hour interactive online course), please visit www.safesport.coach.ca and follow through the prompts. You will have to create a Coach.ca locker account for yourself to complete and the training free of charge. For those interested on the Universal code of conduct, please click here to see the document and as a general reminder, there is the independent third party Canadian sport helpline to call with any concerns, reports or questions. Within the club, myself or any board member can be called to report any maltreatment and we remain vigilant to create an environment of trust where you feel safe to do so.
I look forward to evolving this conversation and please reach out with any feedback, questions or concerns.
Ps, please find below sign up for next week’s adventure camp, info on program fees and the celebration of champions.Safe Sport
U12-FIS Adventure Camp 2 | July 19-24 | Registration deadline, Sunday, July 18
We still have spots available for this camp! Register now!
Our Coaches have put together an amazing camp full of adventure, fun activities and team-building workouts. Visit the registration page to view the calendar and more details
Triathlon : Paddle board, run and bike
Wall climbing, and more
U12 | U14 | U16 | FIS
Celebration with Champions | Saturday, July 24th 1pm
Our first club social in over a year! On Saturday, July 24th we will be gathering to celebrate the world championship 4th place results of Brodie Seger and Jack Crawford. This event is open to all athletes and members, come for 1pm, have a burger, drink, mingle and join us in welcoming our Whistler Mountain ski club alumni home as they currently race on the world cup for team Canada. Have your sharpies ready
Location: Whistler Mountain ski club
Date/Time: Saturday July 24th at 1pm
Health safety reminder – please join only if feeling well and free from any symptoms.
2021 – 2022 WMSC Program Fees and Donations to BCASF are now ready for online payment | Full payment due on Sunday October, 31
The 2021/22 program fees are now posted on our website and available for viewing. One note to highlight is a change in the FIS/U21 program fee structure. For FIS/U21 we’ve moved to a year round and in season model with the goal to incentivize and reward commitment while freeing the coaches up to offer better programming. The two day Core option remains in place to maintain athlete accessibility. More details can be found on the website for this and all programs.
If you are planning to make a donation to the Developing Champions Fund (BCASF) through Sport BC, please contact the office prior to making any payment on your Active Racer Account online. Donations deadline is Thursday, September 30th
Please, also review and accept our WMSC policies and submit the WMSC Registration Forms (Athlete Code of Conduct, Teamship Value, Medical disclosure and Respect in Sport) by November 1st or prior to any on snow training.
U12 | U14 | U16 | FIS