VICTORIA—Triathlon Canada is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport.
Triathlon Canada, and its stakeholders, will have access to the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport, following a transition period which will end no later than January 1, 2023.
“Triathlon Canada supports athletes in reaching their Olympic and Paralympic performance goals, and we also hope to inspire all Canadians who want to discover the sport of triathlon. No matter where the start line is, a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment are instrumental in the future growth and success of our sport,” said Joe Morissette, chief executive officer, Triathlon Canada. “We all have a role to play in ensuring the pursuit of excellence in triathlon is safe and enjoyable. Signing this agreement to join the Abuse-Free Sport program is another positive step Triathlon Canada is taking in its continued commitment to ensure the Canadian triathlon community is a safer and more protective environment for all participants, coaches, volunteers, officials and fans to enjoy.”
During the transition period, Triathlon Canada is completing full adoption of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), which it must do before it can become part of the Abuse-Free Sport program and making the required policy changes.
Prior to January 1, 2023, Triathlon Canada participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will continue to have access to independent third-party services through the following independent third party:
Triathlon Canada is the governing body of the sport in the country. Triathlon Canada’s more than 22,000 members include athletes, coaches and officials from the grassroots to elite levels. With the support of its valued corporate partners – 94 FORWARD, Z3ROD, Training Peaks, Subaru Canada, OUTWAY– along with the City of Victoria, Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, and Own the Podium, Triathlon Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions in all race disciplines. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com.