Safe Sport

Safe Sport

RCA believes that everyone in rowing has the right to enjoy the sport at all levels of participation. Athletes, coaches, officials, umpires and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment.

RCA believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual and member in the rowing community.

RCA recognizes that this is an evolving area of focus for all sports in Canada. Our safe sport program will continue to focus on education, prevention and response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies and procedures.

Our goal is to ensure that all members and registered participants of Rowing Canada Aviron have the resources required to access a fun, healthy, inclusive and safe environment.

Individuals who are experiencing or are aware of any forms of maltreatment should connect with the support services listed below to gain advice on how to proceed.

The Canadian Sport Helpline

The Canadian Sport Helpline, funded by the Government of Canada, is a listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text or live chat, in the official language of their choice.

The helpline is 1-888-83-SPORT. 

If you require assistance or would like to talk to a trained professional about a suspected incident of child abuse Click here to find your local child welfare agency. If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police.

Independent Third Party for Rowing in Canada

RCA knows how important it can be to provide a safe and secure way of reporting issues that are impacting an individual directly or that they have become aware of. As required by Sport Canada, RCA has enlisted the services of an Independent Third Party, Ilan Yampolsky of ITPsport. Ilan is a highly trained and skilled professional equipped to deal with Safe Sport issues with sensitivity and in confidence. He is able to review, advise and refer issues for further investigation independently of RCA. If you wish to connect with Ilan, you may contact him through the Canadian Sport Helpline or directly at 1-833-913-1304 or via email.

Contact us if you want to learn more and/or are considering creating or modifying your own policies. 

Safe Sport Policy Manual
Rule of Two
Poster: Open and Observable Environments
Poster: Support Services

When behaviour standard breaches are alleged and complaints procedures ensue, binding decisions, including those to sanction individuals for unacceptable behaviours, will result. 

Decisions that are required to be made public can be found below.

Disciplinary Hearing Decision – July 27, 2020 – D Thompson

Full Written Decision with Reasons on Complaints – April 20, 2021 – B Williams