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Water Polo Canada joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

Ottawa, October 18, 2017 Water Polo Canada (WPC) has officially taken the pledge of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) at the 2017 WPC Growth and Leadership Summit, last weekend in Montreal. The RCM is a multi-phase system-wide movement coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Sport Ethics (CCES).[1] Water Polo Canada President, Conrad Hadubiak signed the pledge in the presence of Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of CAC and Martin Goulet, Water Polo Canada Executive Director.

The RCM is a movement that addresses through different phases the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play. The first step towards Responsible Coaching for sport organizations is to make the pledge:

“Our sport organization pledges to align our practices with Phase 1 of the Responsible Coaching Movement and is committed to ensuring that our athletes and coaches are protected.” [2]

By making the pledge, Water Polo Canada commits to work towards the implementation of policies and processes of Phase 1 of the RCM that includes three areas of focus: The Rule of Two, Background Screening and Respect and Ethics Training.

The first area is the Rule of Two stating that more than one adult should be present with an athlete in some potentially vulnerable situations. The second area of the RCM includes Background Screening to ensure that coaches meet the requirements to coach athletes including criminal record checks and reference checks. The third area is Respect and Ethics Training for coaches to effectively handle situations that may create ethical dilemmas, including Making Ethical Decisions module within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

In the implementation of the Responsible Coaching Movement, WPC will continue to run background screenings for all national team coaches. All National Championship League coaches will have to provide a valid background screening and complete the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders module. WPC management staff will have to take the Respect in the workplace training. Additionally, Water Polo Canada will support the initiatives of the provincial associations and clubs that join the RCM.

“Water Polo Canada’s overall approach is to make sure we promote and play our sport in an healthy and safe environment for the athletes. We are committed to maintain an unwavering focus on the well-being of our athletes and members and such focus guides us when taking decisions and developing new policies or programs.” commented Martin Goulet, Water Polo Canada’s Executive Director.

For more details or to join the Responsible Coaching Movement, please visit : https://www.coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-s17179

[1] Coach Association of Canada - Responsible Coaching Movement, http://coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-p160721

[2] Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge Statement, http://coach.ca/responsible-coaching-movement-p160721



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