To change for the better, Canadian sport needs leadership from the bottom up

https://theconversation.com/to-change-for-the-better-canadian-sport-needs-leadership-from-the-bottom-up-202482 Canadian sport has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent years. National sporting bodies that govern bobsleigh and skeleton, alpine skiing, water polo, boxing, gymnastics, artistic swimming, soccer, hockey, rugby and rowing have all faced major criticism for abuse, neglect and discrimination. University sport teams have also faced their share of scandals including Lethbridge, St. Francis Xavier, Windsor, Victoria and Guelph. And amateur clubs aren’t immune either. Athletes often recount how, at the very least, sport built their character and at the very most, saved their lives. But currently, Canadian sport itself needs rebuilding. Imbalance of power Efforts are underway to clean up sport in…

(Re)building cultural integrity in sport: The mechanics, tools and blueprint for change

https://sirc.ca/blog/rebuilding-cultural-integrity-in-sport/ Sport is the most watched, celebrated, supported, and engaging social endeavour in the world (Hulteen et coll., 2017). Sport is inherently emotionally and narratively captivating, embodying and upholding principles of positive and sustainable human, social, and environmental development. But the potential for sport to do good for participants and society more broadly relies on sport cultures and environments that centre participants and uphold positive social values.   Cultural change is not as difficult as we may believe, and we all have the power to shift and…

The challenges of shifting to a safer sport culture: High performance coach and administrator perspectives

https://sirc.ca/blog/challenges-safe-sport-culture/

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