Safe Sport Resources

Gymnastics Canada’s Safe Sport Framework encompasses the following topic areas:

ABUSE PREVENTION & RESPONSE | EQUITY & INCLUSION | HEALTH & WELLNESS | RISK MANAGEMENT

We will continue to add to this page as resources become available. If you would like to recommend a resource, please send it to emacpherson@gymcan.org.

ABUSE PREVENTION & RESPONSE

Gymnastics Canada is committed to ensuring that all of our participants are able to enjoy the sport in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Ensuring that safe environment is a shared responsibility of each individual member in our gymnastics community.

There will be more to come in this area, but for now, here’s a list of resources on Abuse Prevention & Response.

EQUITY & INCLUSION

Gymnastics Canada is proud to be involved in the LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two spirited) Sport Inclusion Task Force pilot project. GCG has created an LGBTQI2S Working Group to lead the pilot and to address LGBTQI2S issues in Canadian gymnastics. This working group is committed to engaging experienced voices both inside and outside of the gymnastics community to identify systemic challenges and to create an action plan to address barriers to participation by any who identify as LGBTQI2S across all disciplines and levels of gymnastics in Canada. The goal of this work is to build awareness and understanding to support inclusivity at national, provincial, and club levels.

There will be more to come in this area, but for now, here's a great list of resources from the LGBTQi2S Task force.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

ANTI-DOPING

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is the custodian of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP); the set of rules that govern anti-doping in Canada. The CADP consists of several components such as in and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions, and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field. It is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards. Gymnastics Canada has adopted the CADP and you can be confident that you are part of a world-class anti-doping program. It is our goal to ensure all of our athletes are trained, protected, and treated fairly.

More information on the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport website.

CONCUSSION EDUCATION

Sports are a great way for children and youth to get exercise, make friends, and learn important life lessons. However, 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 to 14 occur during sport. Concussion is an invisible brain injury that cannot be seen by an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Coaches, teachers, parents, teammates, and medical professionals cannot diagnose concussed players just by looking at them.

More information on the Coaching Education of Canada website

RISK MANAGEMENT

In Canada, every coach, judge, and Integrated Support Team (IST) member across all disciplines, attending Gymnastics Canada activities both domestically and internationally,must meet the following risk management requirements:

  • Enhanced criminal record check/Canada-wide police check/International police check – issued within 12 months of the date of the activity being attended (all)
  • Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders eLearning module (all)
  • True Sport Clean 101 Untracked eLearning module (coaches and IST only)
  • Coaching Association of Canada Making Head Way in Sport eLearning module (coaches and IST only)

If you have questions about these requirements, please consult this helpful FAQ document!

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