We’re pleased to invite you to join our brand new course, Safeguarding Athletes from Harassment and Abuse in Sport, which has just launched on the Athlete Learning Gateway!
“As an athlete it is important to understand what may constitute harassment and abuse and to know that you can report it. Harassment and abuse has no place in sport.” Yelena Isinbaeva, Double Olympic Pole Vault champion & IOC Member.
Led by Dr Margo Mountjoy, sports medicine physician and retired elite synchronised swimmer, along with former professional ice hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy. Taking the courage to speak out about abuse he suffered at the hands of a former coach, Sheldon campaigns for child abuse cases to be handled better, working with the likes of the Canadian government, the IOC and US Senate.
In this course you will learn what may constitute as harassment and abuse, what the risk factors may be and how you can play a role in safeguarding athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.
Whether you are an athlete training for competition, a coach or member of an athlete’s entourage, by completing the course you will have a helping hand in keeping sport safe for all.
“As coaches we make every effort to appreciate all areas of the athletes’ lives, and being prepared to take the right action if ever an athlete’s integrity is at risk. This is especially important if you consider an athlete might be at risk of harassment and abuse. In becoming coaches we accept a duty of care to help athletes become the very best they can be. That means empowering and protecting them in every sense of the word” – Sir Clive Woodward, Rugby World Cup Winning coach 2003 & member of the IOC Athlete’s Entourage Commission.
The IOC considers it to be “incumbent upon all stakeholders in sport both to adopt general principles for safe sport… and to implement and monitor policies and procedures for safe sport… which state that: all athletes have a right to be treated with respect, protected from non-accidental violence”
For more information on the issue, tips from Sheldon, Dr Mountjoy and advice on how you can keep sport safe for all, take the course today.