Biathlon Canada believes that everyone has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
Biathlon Canada believes the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is foremost and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual, member and special interest group in the biathlon community.
Canadian Sport Helpline
The Canadian Sport Helpline is an anonymous, national toll-free helpline offering assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Independent Third Party
Biathlon Canada has named Brian Ward as its Independent Third Party Safe Sport Officer. This individual will guide you through the complaints process and/or explore other options where appropriate. This Independent Officer is empowered to supersede Biathlon Canada staff and launch appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. Your contact with the Independent Third Party is confidential, subject to certain legal limits.
The existence of this Independent Third-Party does not prevent individuals from contacting Biathlon Canada directly with complaints if they are comfortable with the process.
You may contact Brian Ward directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Sport Policies
Biathlon Canada is currently in the process of developing and approving policies to adhere to Safe Sport standards following an independent review by Sport Law and Strategy Group. As policies are developed and approved, they will be posted on the Biathlon Canada Policies, Procedures and Guidelines page.
Safe Sport Training
Biathlon Canada recommends all of the following Safe Sport training options but encourages all members to consult their Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO/Division) and their Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) to determine exactly which training is required for coaches within their jurisdiction.
This Safe Sport Training eLearning Module is developed by the Coaching Association of Canada to give you the tools to recognize, prevent and address maltreatment in sport. The 90-minute free eLearning module is available in English and French, works across all platforms and devices, meets accessibility guidelines and is available now in the Locker. Certified coaches will also earn Professional Development points upon completing it. Click HERE to learn more.
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that aims to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants. Biathlon Canada is committed to providing Safe Sport training throughout the organization and has taken the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge, committing to: the Rule of Two, Background Screening, Ethics Training. Connect HERE for resources for parents, coaches, and sport organizations, including a RCM implementation tool kit. Has your club/PSO taken the Safe Sport Pledge?
The Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). CLICK HERE to access the Biathlon Canada Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders Training Program. For additional support, you can access the Respect Group’s fully bilingual Help desk Support 7 days a week from 6 AM to Midnight MST.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has resources available for sports organizations, coaches, volunteers, parents and youth athletes to help keep kids safe in sport. For more information and to access Commit to Kids resources, please click HERE.
Sport Concussion Guidelines
Biathlon Canada has developed Sport Concussion Guidelines in order to protect and manage the health and safety of all participants in the sport of biathlon in Canada, including summer and winter training and competition. This document is based on the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport (Parachute, 2017) and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network Sport-Related Concussion Guidelines for Canadian National and National Development High-Performance Athletes (COPSIN, 2018).
For more information on Concussion Management, please visist the Biathlon Canada Concussion Resources page.