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Safe Sport is an environment where individuals can have a healthy, supportive, and respectful sport experience, free from all forms of harassment and abuse.

 

 

 

Developed in partnership with Sport Manitoba, this page is a comprehensive set of tools, templates, and resources designed to elevate good governance. It also delivers on our promise to build on our collective vision of a more inclusive and welcoming sport community.

What is Safe Sport

What will you find on this page?

Awareness

The first step toward creating a safer sport environment is equipping all sport communities with the knowledge of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in sport. When we can recognize, we can react.

Prevention

Sport organizations have a responsibility and obligation to protect the safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual involved in its community. Sport organizations need to take any situation involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. 

Action

In Manitoba, it is everyone’s legal obligation to report suspected child abuse. If, in your honest judgment, you believe that a child may not be safe, you are legally required to report it. 

AWARENESS

True Sport, Anti-Racism in Sport, Commit to Kids, and the Rainbow Resource Centre offer workshops and resources around setting the standard for a positive sport experience, including and welcoming marginalized communities, and steps you can take to support those experiencing maltreatment.

True Sport

The seven True Sport Principles are the foundation of good sport. They must be present in the sport experience at all times, in the right balance and proportion, at all levels of competition, to foster a quality sport experience.

For more information click HERE.

Anti-Racism in Sport

The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign is commited to address, disrupt, and eliminate racism and discrimination in sport.

For more information click HERE.

Commit to Kids

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection's resources for sports organizations, coaches, officials, sport leaders, volunteers, and parents to help keep kids safe in sport.

For more information click HERE.

The Rainbow Resource Centre

The Rainbow Resource Centre offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

For more information click HERE.

Safe Sport Tips for Athletes

A guide for athletes on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in their relationship with their coach.

For more information click HERE.

Safe Sport Tips for Coaches

A guide for coaches on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in their relationship with their athletes.

For more information click HERE.

Tools to Understand and Identify Child Sexual Abuse

Some basic information about understanding and identifying child sexual abuse from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

For more information click HERE.

Online Safety Resources for Youth and Parents

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection offers information about the ever-changing online interests of children, the potential risks they face, and proactive strategies to help keep your child/adolescent safe while online.

For more information click HERE.

PREVENTION

Sport organizations have a responsibility and obligation to protect the safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual involved in its community. Sport organizations need to take any situation involving misconduct or maltreatment very seriously. 

Respect in Sport

Responsible Coaching
Movement

The Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports

ACTION

In Manitoba, it is everyone’s legal obligation to report suspected child abuse. If, in your honest judgment, you believe that a child may not be safe, you are legally required to report it. 

Please note the difference between reporting maltreatment and reporting a dispute.

Safe Sport Line

Call our confidential help line at 1-833-656-SAFE (7233) if you're experiencing or witnessing any misconduct in sport, including bullying, harassment, hazing, or abuse. Sport participants have the right to experience a safe and welcoming sport environment.

For more information click HERE.

Submit a General Dispute

Sport participants who have a challenge or disagreement with a policy breach, Safe Sport violation, or unresolved issue can submit this matter.

Form can be found HERE.

Discipline and Complaints Policy

Review this policy for guidelines for submitting disputes.

For more information click HERE.

Disciplinary Outcomes

The following individuals, have been found to be in breach of Cheer Manitoba polices and procedures or the Cheer Manitoba Code of Conduct.

Kelsi Holmberg – was charged with theft while volunteering as the treasurer for the Manitoba Cheer Foundation (now Cheer Manitoba). She was found guilty of said theft and was sentenced to 9 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution and submit a letter of apology to Cheer Manitoba. You can find the court record HERE.

Nick Verburg – was found guilty of breaching Cheer Manitoba Code of Conduct and Ethics on January 26, 2023 by an independent disciplinary panel for complaints that were submitted between April 25, 2022 and December 6, 2022. He served a 15 week interim suspension. You can find more detailed information HERE.

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