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Sport is facing a reckoning as voices from all realms share experiences of maltreatment in its many forms – bullying, abuse, discrimination, and exploitation – and call for a reconciliation of current practice with the values sport upholds: excellence, respect, fairness, and community.

In other episodes of our sport, leadership and social change series, we have analyzed factors that may be contributing from problematic societal values, priorities, and norms to political and economic pressures.

In this episode we explore the concept of healing: healing the survivors, healing sport. We will examine such questions as, who needs healing support in sport? In what ways does sport itself need to heal from past and current harms? And how can we better support survivors of maltreatment in sport?

Host Jen Walinga is joined by 3 leaders in this realm:

Dr. Shaunna Taylor, a mental performance consultant and certified clinical counsellor, Executive Director of Pacific Sport Okanagan in British Columbia, member of the viaSport Girls and Women’s Advisory Group, and past Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association;

Jason Dorland, performance consultant, Olympian, artist, educator and author of several books on the performance mindset;

Rebecca Khoury, Founder of The Spirit of Trust, seasoned sport leader & executive provincially and nationally, and World-Class Karate Athlete.

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Along his route, Fatoric would often stop to gaze across at TD Place and visualize what it would be like to run out on that field with the Maple Leaf on his chest. Fast forward two years and the inside centre’s dream could become a reality.

Having received his first international 15s call-up, Fatoric is part of Kingsley Jones’ 30-man squad for this month’s Summer Fixtures, the second of which is at Ottawa’s TD Place on July 10.

The 24-year-old comes from a family that’s rich in sports history. His grandmother was a competitive swimmer, while his parents were both competitive Olympic weightlifters at the national and international level. Despite starting out in football, Fatoric switched to rugby and made his way through the U14s before playing for Rugby Ontario’s U16s.

It was then that he noticed the benefits of his early exposure to weightlifting. He said: “We were taught the mechanics and fundamentals of weightlifting at a young age. It was only when I hit U16 rugby when the weights started to catch up to me. I was seeing the results of Lifting weights and what that can do in terms of explosiveness, running and tackling.

“Even though I wasn’t the biggest kid, I was still able to keep up with all of the big boys and I really credit that to my family and the weightlifting I did at a young age.”

Fatoric spent time with the Bytown Blues and Barrhaven Scottish as he made his way through the ranks in Ottawa. Eventually, at the start of 2021, he moved to Victoria, BC to join up with the Pacific Pride Academy with the goal of making a career for himself in rugby.

Since then, he’s been training with the program at the home of Rugby Canada in Langford, under the tutelage of Phil Mack, and was recently selected for the Canada West Selects squad which played at the inaugural Coast to Coast Cup in Halifax.

In their opening match against the Toronto Arrows Senior Academy, Fatoric had a starring role as the West Selects beat the Arrows 69-19. One particular onlooker was Canada’s Men’s 15s Head Coach Jones, and later that day Fatoric received the news he has been working towards.

“I was talking with my coach Phil Mack and he said that we would be speaking to Kingsley Jones,” he added. “Shortly after, I was added to the national 15s group on WhatsApp and they let us know before they posted it publicly. Finding out was a very big milestone in my career and I’m just super excited for this opportunity.”

Upon discovering he would receive his first international 15s callup, who did Fatoric call first?

“My mom and dad,” he replied, in an instant. “They were extremely proud and I’m really appreciative of my parents for being so supportive for me in my endeavors and me taking this leap to go and pursue my dreams. They’ve always been there to give me that backing all the way.”

He added: “It was a very emotional phone call. You always want to be able to share good news with your family but when it’s news like that, something you’ve been working towards for years and years and they’ve known that’s been my goal for a very long time, it was a super surreal moment.”

Fatoric’s targets over the course of the two Summer Fixtures are simple – form a strong bond with his teammates and make sure they know he is ready to give his all on and off the pitch.

“I really want to go in there and make my presence known and to show I’m serious about this and I’m a person they can rely on,” he said. “I’ll be showing that in training, whenever we play, if we’re in the gym or I’m on the pitch, it’s always go time, it’s always 100%.”

Fatoric earned his first cap in last Saturday’s match against Belgium at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, NS. It’s a moment he won’t forget in a hurry after Canada came away with a resounding 45-0 victory.

As the fixture against Spain drawers nearer, Fatoric’s family and friends are securing their seats for the match. Many of them haven’t seen him live in action since he played at club level in the U16s and U18s, making the prospect of having them in the stands on July 10 even more special.

“To be representing my country in my hometown just means the world.,” he affirmed. “To have my dad, mom, uncles, aunts, all my cousins and best friends that I grew up with and who have seen me along this journey – how dedicated and focused I’ve been – it’s worth its weight in gold.”

Get tickets to Canada vs. Spain at TD Place on Sunday, July 10 at 4pm: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/canada-vs-spanish-rugby-union-ottawa-ontario-07-10-2022/event/31005CD6E99738BD

it’s a great pleasure to invite you to the 4th World Congress on Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Medicine (PTRM DUBAI) scheduled from November 23-24, 2022, in Dubai, UAE. Avail of this unique opportunity to attend an in-person meeting or join us virtually for a 2-day brainstorming session around the theme “Focus on Success” which aims to educate the attendees about the current challenges in healthcare and allied health, provide insight on the latest trends, and to explore the future of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine.

For the past decade, the team at Sport Law has sometimes felt alone on an island, speaking about humanistic and values-based approaches to leading, competing, and coaching in sport. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of connecting with hundreds of thoughtful, caring, and committed leaders who believe in a better way for sport. Through our exploration and research, we have repeatedly triangulated the same three root causes:

·      Root cause 1: Outdated governance system

·      Root cause 2: A partial approach to measure success

·      Root cause 3: A clash of values

While we don’t feel lonely anymore because of the volume of people asking for the same thing, we have made an intentional commitment to not focus on what is ailing the sport system. There are too many armchair quarterbacks and people with opinions about what is needed to restore health to our depleted sector. Rather, we’d like to focus on inviting thought leaders, sport enthusiasts, athletes, coaches, and committed stewards to signal a new era for sport. We can’t rush through this transition and pretend like we can re-engineer a new future without first understanding what has given rise to the moral crisis we are reckoning with. Our sector, the one we’ve grown up in, is an interconnected ecosystem that requires a coordinated, thoughtful, and values-driven approach.

The mindset that got us here, is not the mindset we need to get us to where we want to go next. Our next blog will share how a self-transforming mindset is needed to support a holistic foundation that is both strong and pliable – a super resistant base that can adapt to an ever-increasing complexity and that supports a new ethos of caring leadership.

What we do believe is warranted in the immediate, is an acknowledgement that the sky is falling to borrow a phrase from Disney’s Chicken Little. And that includes acknowledging a system that is well past its best before date.

For sport to thrive, we need a newly imagined future and we need brave leaders who are willing to acknowledge the pain of what has been allowed to fester for far too long, work through decades of systemic oppression that has caused so much harm to the disenfranchised (especially to people of colour, Indigenous people, people within the 2SLGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and those that didn’t have the means to pay to play).

A sector that holds so much promise to forge stronger alliances in communities and foster national pride, needs our help. Will we come together as a community to solve this wicked problem?

We need to re-imagine sport.  It’s not by pointing fingers and blaming each other that will lead to greater trust. It’s by acknowledging the sins of the past, accepting our part in keeping sport struck, and resolving to make it better.

We have been spending considerable time reflecting on what is needed and as I reviewed the 500+ blogs that team members from Sport Law have penned across our three decades in sport, I was struck by the prescience of some of our earlier writings. Much of what is needed is already alive within the sector: empowered athletes who are demanding greater voice and choice, a softening of the singular focus on money and medals, and an acknowledgement of our outdated system. What is missing is a coordinated effort and inspired leadership to lead the way. It’s unfair, punitive and irresponsible to shame sport leaders in one breath while pretending that the reward system that has been in place for nearly 50 years hasn’t contributed to the hot mess we are now in.

In 2020, inspired by a Simon Sinek quote “what will we become?” I wrote a blog that invited us to re-imagine a new way of being for sport. As an integral coach who specializes in grief and loss, I know the effect of a powerful question and I also acknowledge that not everyone is ready yet to gaze to the future. When we’ve been abused, harassed, discriminated against, and exploited, we first need to have our experience acknowledged. Traumatic experiences need to be processed before we can grieve. And grieve collectively is what we must do before we move towards a holistic environment where sport can thrive.

I believe that the sport sector is more at risk today than it ever was. I was among the very first few who believed in a better way for sport following the Dubin Inquiry. We called it True Sport and I’m heartened to see that the Power of Sport is acknowledged through the True Sport Report.

Earlier this month Sport Law published a blog that called for a Public Accounting to Save Sport. Over the past year, we’ve held dozens of conversations with thought leaders, politicians, policy analysts, researchers, parents, athletes, lawyers, social justice reformers asking for their opinion on what they feel is needed to restore health in our broken sector. All of the conversations have three things in common and speak directly to the three root causes that we opened this blog with: Fix the System (by acknowledging and learning from past failures). Measure what Matters (by expanding our singular focus on money and medals to also measure culture). Demand Holistic Leadership (by training today and tomorrow’s leaders to be emotionally intelligent and values-driven).

Here’s one way to think about some of the shifts that need to happen to ensure that what we move towards is well-resourced, sustainable and holistic.

Moving From

Moving Towards

Defeatist attitude Resourced leadership
Blaming Deepened curiosity
Shaming Acknowledging prior harm
Disengaging Listening and engaging
What’s wrong What happened
Silence Open dialogue
Confirming biases and assumptions Expanding our minds and hearts
What I know and can prove Adopting multiple intelligence: what I know, feel and trust
What am I teaching What am I learning
Management by instruction and objective Management by instruction, objective and values
Power over Power with
Measuring money and medals Measuring what matters most: money, medals, and morals

 

As we all prepare to take a much-needed vacation to pause, reflect, and recharge, here’s something to reflect on. Sport Law is looking for brave leaders who want to work with us to restore health and hope to the sport sector. If you are interested in what that can look like, send an email to Dina at dblaroche@sportlaw.ca so that we can figure this out together. It’s going to take a village to get us through the next phase of this transition, soul intact.

Heredia, Costa Rica (July 3, 2022) – After two days of taekwondo competition at the 2022 Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships, Team Canada’s 46 cadet and junior athletes competed in 45 divisions across Kyorugi and Poomsae disciplines. Team Canada finished 2nd overall in medal standings for Cadet Poomsae and Kyorugi and 3rd overall for Junior Poomsae and Kyorugi, with a total of 33 medals (6 gold, 12 silver, 15 bronze).

The Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) hosted the 2022 Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships at the Palacio de los Deportes in Heredia, Costa Rica from June 29th to 30th, 2022. This international competition featured both Kyorugi and Poomsae disciplines and included athletes from eighteen Pan American countries.

Taekwondo Canada’s Poomsae National Team kicked off the competition and earned medals in all their events. Led by coach Master Ri Seong Kang, Canada captured silver medals in the Cadet Male, Cadet Female, Freestyle U17 Male and Freestyle U17 Team events and bronze medals in Cadet Pair, Junior Male, Junior Pair, Freestyle U17 Female and Freestyle U17 Pair events. With their nine total medals, the athletes highlighted the up and coming talent in Canada’s Cadet and Junior Poomsae divisions.

Taekwondo Canada’s Kyorugi National Team consisted of athletes from five provinces displaying a great indication of the future for taekwondo in Canada. The team capped their strong performance with six Pan American Champion titles. In the Cadet division, Ella Brewster (F-55kg), Mohammad Alzghool (M-45kg), and Ronan Sinclair (M+65kg) all won gold while in the Junior division, Sarangi Brindamohan (F-42kg), Megan Brewster (F-52kg), and Almahdi Alzghool (M-55kg) were the champions earning gold medals.

With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting events for the past two years, this was the first National Team opportunity and international competition for many National Team athletes. “Coming into this event, it was difficult to gauge where our Poomsae and Kyorugi athletes were at relative to the other Pan American countries.”, says Taekwondo Canada’s High Performance Director Dr. Allan Wrigley. “We emphasized the importance of focusing on the process and not the outcome. This event was not only a way to measure our best Cadet and Junior athletes relative to other countries, but more importantly, to use as a launching point along their high performance pathway. We could not be more proud with the professionalism, focus, and energy these athletes brought to the team.”

Canada’s Cadet and Junior Kyorugi Teams will now shift their focus and use their performances in Costa Rica as a stepping stone towards the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria at the end of July 2022.

Taekwondo Canada would like to congratulate and thank all the athletes, coaches and support staff that attended the 2022 Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships!

Full Team Canada results can be found below. Please click the links below for complete results from the 2022 Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships:

Discipline Event Athlete Result
Kyorugi Cadet F-55kg Ella Brewster Gold
Kyorugi Cadet M-45kg Muhammad Alzghool Gold
Kyorugi Cadet M+65kg Ronan Sinclair Gold
Kyorugi Junior F-42kg Sarangi Brindamohan Gold
Kyorugi Junior F-52kg Megan Brewster Gold
Kyorugi Junior M-55kg Alhmadi Alzghool Gold
Poomsae Cadet Male Jake Kang Silver
Poomsae Cadet Female Rachel Lee Silver
Poomsae Freestyle U17 Male Kai-Hsin Chang Silver
Poomsae Freestyle U17 Team Jake Kang
Grace Campbell
Cailin Cooke
Alan Van
Kai-Hsin Chang
Silver
Kyorugi Cadet M-49kg Finn Taylor Silver
Kyorugi Cadet M-61kg Ilya Lenco Silver
Kyorugi Cadet M-65kg Matteo Bennett Silver
Kyorugi Junior F-59kg Gabrielle Beaulieu Silver
Kyorugi Junior F+68kg Aiya Hamrouni Silver
Kyorugi Junior M-51kg Nithan Brindamohan Silver
Kyorugi Junior M-78kg Balvir Dhillon Silver
Kyorugi Junior M+78kg Aubert Le Bel Silver
Poomsae Cadet Pair Godwin Li
Rachel Wong
Bronze
Poomsae Junior Male Ethan So Bronze
Poomsae Junior Pair Ethan So
Christine Cho
Bronze
Poomsae Freestyle U17 Female Rachel Lee Bronze
Poomsae Freestyle U17 Pair Alan Van
Christine Cho
Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet F-33kg Ciara Bennett Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet F-37kg Raya Porter Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet F-41kg Hana Tedford Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet F-47kg Maria Bordokina Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet M-37kg Zach Gillis Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet M-57kg Yassine Hilal Bronze
Kyorugi Junior F-46kg Maude Ricard Bronze
Kyorugi Junior M-45kg Enzo Fabi Bronze
Kyorugi Junior M-48kg Noah Nacsa Bronze
Kyorugi Junior M-68kg Benjamin Tait Bronze
Kyorugi Cadet F-44kg Anna Jo Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Cadet F-51kg Isla Estepa Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Cadet F+59kg Enza Wybraniak Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Cadet M-33kg Levi Gavas Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Cadet M-53kg Omid Eram Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior F-44kg Justine Carpentier Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior F-55kg Katie Cox Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior F-63kg Giorgia Pezzo Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior F-68kg Maya Lukic Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior M-63kg Ayoub Bouriel Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior M-73kg Jacob Boodoo Quarterfinals
Kyorugi Junior M-59kg Jordan Boodoo Round of 16

About Taekwondo Canada:
Taekwondo Canada is the official governing body of Taekwondo in Canada, overseeing the sport in all Provinces and Territories. Taekwondo Canada is recognized by World Taekwondo, the International Olympic Committee, PATU and Sport Canada. Taekwondo Canada will continue to be a leading nation in the sport by providing leadership and opportunities to enable its participants to achieve their goals.

Contact:
Dave Harris
Executive Director
(519) 859-7410
dharris@taekwondo-canada.com

The Board of Directors of Badminton Canada is thrilled to announce that Jordan Bridal will become the new Executive Director effective July 2022. Jordan was the successful candidate in the thorough process led by Steve Indig from Sport Law.

Jordan brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked at Badminton Canada from 2016-2019 as the High-Performance Director. His most recent experience has been working as a Senior Program Analyst with Sport Canada as well as in depth expertise from previous roles with multi-sport games such as Canada Games and Commonwealth Games. Jordan also worked for the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2008-2015.

“I am happy to welcome Jordan back to Badminton Canada. I worked closely with Jordan when he was our High-Performance Director and I am confident that his familiarity of our organization and previous relationships with Badminton Canada staff, membership, players, and our Board situate him ideally for success in this role” stated Badminton Canada President Ken Poole.

“On behalf of Badminton Canada’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank our previous Executive Director, Joe Morissette for his years of service to the organization and for the healthy position he has left us in as well as his assistance with this transition period” added Poole. “We wish him the best of luck in his new role as CEO of Triathlon Canada.”

Badminton Canada is looking forward to getting our programs back to normal after severe disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our players have been having great success on the international scene and we hope to build on that momentum while further developing our grassroot development system, safe sport, indigenous, para, coaching, officials, and governance areas.

“I am extremely honoured and excited to be moving into the role of Executive Director with Badminton Canada,” said Jordan Bridal. “The organization is coming from a solid position under the previous leadership. We have great staff, an experienced Board of Directors and tremendous leadership in our provincial and territorial associations. I am looking forward to bringing my experience and skill set to further develop the organization towards an even more promising future”.

Ottawa, ON (June 27, 2022) – Taekwondo Canada is pleased to announce the 2022 Cadet and Junior National Teams for the upcoming Cadet and Junior Pan Am Championships being held in Heredia, Costa Rica, June 29th and 30th. The team was selected based on results from Taekwondo Canada’s National Championships held in Toronto on April 17th.

The Cadet and Junior National Kyorugi Teams consist of 17 and 19 athletes respectively with the National Poomsae Team having 11 athletes, all coming from 5 provinces. Twelve coaches and two Trainers will also attend the event.

The full team is listed below:

TEAM COACHES
Alain Bernier Amanda Rego Carla Bacco Emilia Camastro
Helbert Porter Jason Phinney Jeremy Reeve Raymond Mourad
Ri Seong Kang Sami Arous Sungmin Son Young Choung
TEAM TRAINERS
Ron Lemoire Yohan Chang

ATHLETES

NAME

EVENT DIVISION(S) CLUB COACH

Ciara Bennett

Kyorugi Cadet F-33 Inner Strength Taekwondo Academy Helbert Porter

Raya Mae Porter

Kyorugi Cadet F-37 Inner Strength Taekwondo Academy Helbert Porter
Hana Tedford Kyorugi Cadet F-41 Moohan Taekwondo Sun Mi Park
Anna Jo Kyorugi Cadet F-44 Woo Yong’s Taekwondo Academy Woo Yong Jung
Maria Bordokina Kyorugi Cadet F-47 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Isla Estepa Kyorugi Cadet F-51 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Ella Brewster Kyorugi Cadet F-55 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Emilia Camastro
Enza Wybraniak Kyorugi Cadet F+59 Jung’s Niagara Taekwondo Hyanghun Jung
Levi Gavas Kyorugi Cadet M-33 Whitby Taekwondo Academy Ron Lemoire
Zach Gillis Kyorugi Cadet M-37 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Muhammad Alzghool Kyorugi Cadet M-45 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Young Su Choung
Finn Taylor Kyorugi Cadet M-49 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Emilia Camastro
Omid Eram Kyorugi Cadet M-53 Chu’s Martial Arts Jason Phinney
Yassine Hilal Kyorugi Cadet M-57 Karmas Taekwondo Academy Ahmed Karmas
Ilya Lenco Kyorugi Cadet M-61 Xavier Taekwondo Jeremy Reeve
Matteo Bennett Kyorugi Cadet M-65 Cascadia Martial Arts Dustin Fee
Ronan Sinclair Kyorugi Cadet M+65 Inner Strength Taekwondo Academy Helbert Porter
Sarangi Brindamohan Kyorugi Junior F-42 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Justine Carpentier Kyorugi Junior F-44 Club de taekwondo de Ste-Foy Alain Bernier
Maude Ricard Kyorugi Junior F-46 Club de taekwondo de Ste-Foy Alain Bernier
Megan Brewster Kyorugi Junior F-52 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Young Su Choung
Katie Cox Kyorugi Junior F-55 Scotia World Taekwondo Jackson Carrol
Gabrielle Beaulieu Kyorugi Junior F-59 Club de taekwondo Lac-Beauport François L’Heureux
Giorgia Pezzo Kyorugi Junior F-63 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Young Su Choung
Maya Lukic Kyorugi Junior F-68 K H Min Taekwondo Amanda Rego
Aiya Hamrouni Kyorugi Junior F+68 Club d’arts martiaux Ultime Sport Sami Arous
Enzo Fabi Kyorugi Junior M-45 Club de taekwondo de Ste-Foy Alain Bernier
Noah Nacsa Kyorugi Junior M-48 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Nithan Brindamohan Kyorugi Junior M-51 Black Belt World Yohan Chang
Almahdi Alzghool Kyorugi Junior M-55 Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Young Su Choung
Jordan Boodoo Kyorugi Junior M-59 Son’s Taekwondo Academy Sungmin Son
Ayoub Bouriel Kyorugi Junior M-63 Club de taekwondo de Beauport Paul Germain
Benjamin Tait Kyorugi Junior M-68 Phoenix Taekwondo George Koh
Jacob Boodoo Kyorugi Junior M-73 Son’s Taekwondo Academy Sungmin Son
Balvir Dhillon Kyorugi Junior M-78 Son’s Taekwondo Academy Sungmin Son
Aubert Le Bel Kyorugi Junior M+78 Académie de taekwondo Raymond Mourad Raymond Mourad
Jake Kang Poomsae Cadet Male
Freestyle U17 Team
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Rachel Lee Poomsae Cadet Female
Freestyle U17 Female
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Godwin Li Poomsae Cadet Pair Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Rachel Wong Poomsae Cadet Pair Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts

Ri Seong Kang

Ethan So Poomsae Junior Male
Junior Pair
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Christine Cho Poomsae Junior Pair
Freestyle U17 Pair
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Kai-Hsin Chang Poomsae Freestyle U17 Male
Freestyle U17 Team
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Alan Van Poomsae Freestyle U17 Pair
Freestyle U17 Team
Master Kang’s Black Belt Martial Arts Ri Seong Kang
Heinrich Botha Poomsae Freestyle U17 Team Master Rim’s Taekwondo Seongmin Rim
Grace Campbell Poomsae Freestyle U17 Team Master Rim’s Taekwondo

Seoungmin Rim

Cailin Cooke Poomsae Freestyle U17 Team Orangeville Taekwondo

Bhajan Mann

“The 2022 Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships will be the first opportunity for many of our team members to compete internationally. It is an important aspect of our development pathway and is critical for our preparations into the Cadet and Junior Kyorugi World Championships later this summer.” said Dr. Allan Wrigley, High Performance Director for Taekwondo Canada. “The poomsae team is well positioned to perform at their best with the majority of team members having already successfully represented Taekwondo Canada at the Goyang 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in April of this year.”

The team will further be supported by the Team Leader Dr. Allan Wrigley, Team Manager Brittany Rich, along with Athletic Therapist Rick Lau and Chiropractor Dr. Isabelle Mallette. 

About Taekwondo Canada:
Taekwondo Canada is the official governing body of Taekwondo in Canada, overseeing the sport in all Provinces and Territories. Taekwondo Canada is recognized by World Taekwondo, the International Olympic Committee, PATU and Sport Canada. Taekwondo Canada will continue to be a leading nation in the sport by providing leadership and opportunities to enable its participants to achieve their goals.

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Contact:
Dave Harris
Executive Director
(519) 859-7410
dharris@taekwondo-canada.com

MEDELLIN, CO – Following the third stage of the World Cup in Paris, 5 athletes will be heading to Medellin, Colombia for the fourth stage. The squad heading to South America will feature a few of the athletes that shot in Paris:

Recurve women

  • Stephanie Barrett (ON)

Recurve men

  • Eric Peters (ON)
  • Devaang Gupta (ON)
  • Andrew Smollett (AB)
  • Brandon Xuereb (ON)

The technical leadership team accompanying the archers are: 

  • Shawn Riggs, National Recurve Coach
  • Soha Mahmoud, Junior Recurve Coach
  • Alan Brahmst, High Performance Director

Barrett and Peters have already competed in two World Cup stages this year, in Gwangju, South Korea and Paris, France. Peters made it to the ⅛ elimination in Gwangju, while losing his first elimination round in a tight tiebreaker in Paris. Barrett cracked the top 20 in both stages, ranking 18th in Korea and 20th in France. She made it to the second round and faced Michelle Kroppen in her last elimination round both times. 

Smollett competed at the World Archery Youth Championships in Wrocław, Poland last year. Gupta anticipated shooting in Paris but was unable to; as a result, this stage in Colombia will be another chance to have a first World Cup experience. Xuereb shot at 7 World Cup stages between 2016 and 2018, but Medellin will be his first international competition of the year. 

This is the fourth stage of the 2022 World Cup, which will help to round out the competitors heading to the World Cup final in Tlaxcala, Mexico. It will retain the familiar competition format of a 720 round and match play in the individual, team, and mixed team fields. 

World Cup Stage 4 Schedule

  • July 19 – Official practice & compound qualification round
  • July 20 – Compound team matches & recurve qualification
  • July 21 – Recurve team matches & compound individual matches
  • July 22 – Mixed team matches and recurve individual matches
  • July 23 – Compound finals
  • July 24 – Recurve finals

For more information, please contact: 

Zoe Meil, Communications & Safe Sport Coordinator

zmeil@archerycanada.ca

(613) 260-2113 ext. 3

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The Manitoba government is investing $250,000 to develop and implement the Pathway to Safer Sport program and is expanding training requirements for coaches and staff who work in the kindergarten to Grade 12 school system, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith and Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced today.

“Our government recognizes that mistreated athletes, as well as their families and friends, experience significant emotional, psychological and physical health impacts,” said Smith. “We are committed to building on existing safe sport resources, policies and practices to further enhance the safety of Manitoba athletes.”

The Pathway to Safer Sport, developed collaboratively with Sport Manitoba, focuses on three pillars:

  • communication to build awareness;
  • prevention strategies; and
  • responsive maltreatment support services.

The Pathway to Safer Sport includes plans for a public awareness campaign to communicate the resources available for athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and caregivers. Additionally, as part of its prevention strategies, the framework will introduce an enhanced mandatory safe sports policy and governance program for provincial sport organizations. These organizations will participate in comprehensive training sessions that support the development of safe sport environments. Other resources and training modules will empower athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and caregivers to identify unacceptable behaviour and to take action to prevent, recognize, address and report maltreatment.

The Pathway to Safer Sport will also launch enhanced services that respond effectively when maltreatment has occurred. The toll-free Safe Sport Line (1-833-656-7233) provides 24/7confidential support for anyone experiencing or witnessing abuse, harassment, bullying or hazing in sport. To access the online collection of tools, templates and resources in the Pathway to Safer sport, visit www.sportmanitoba.ca/safe-sport/.

To ensure the Pathway to Safer Sport is effective across the province, Sport Manitoba will consult with rural, northern and marginalized communities to identify their specific needs and adapt the framework’s tools and resources as needed. Sport Manitoba will also subscribe to the Sport Culture Index, an innovative online tool that will help leaders measure and monitor the wellness and effectiveness of their organization’s culture.

“Thank you to the Manitoba government for committing to preventing, addressing and acting on all forms of misconduct or maltreatment in sport,” said Janet McMahon, president and CEO, Sport Manitoba. “With this critical financial support, we can create positive changes in our province’s sport culture. Thank you also to Sport Law and our partners in sport who are working together to protect our kids and our community.”

To further enhance the safety of students, Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning is mandating that coaches who work in the kindergarten to Grade 12 school system, as well as all school staff, complete online training from Respect Group, an organization that aims to empower people to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, said Ewasko.

“Manitoba schools have many safeguards in place to protect students and provide a safe learning environment, but we can always improve our policies,” said Ewasko. “We know that school staff are often among the first to hear from students experiencing maltreatment, so it is critical they are well-equipped to respond appropriately.”

Coaches in the kindergarten to Grade 12 school system will now be required to complete the Respect in Sport program. The minister noted the Respect in Sport program has been mandated for all other coaches in the province since 2007 and this new requirement will close that gap.

In addition, all school staff are expected to complete a newly updated version of the Respect in School program by Feb. 28, 2023.

“Sport Manitoba was the first organization in Canada to mandate the Respect in Sport program for community coaches over 15 years ago,” said Sheldon Kennedy, co-founder, Respect Group. “I applaud the Manitoba government for their proactive approach to further expand child protection education for all school coaches and school-based personnel across the province. We know that those interacting with students each day are trusted adults in a child/student’s life and they need the tools to know how to listen and to step up and step in when required.”

“Our government is committed to working with community partners to promote safe sport environments for all Manitoba athletes,” said Smith. “These initiatives respond to the immediate need to create awareness, implement prevention measures and provide support to victims.”

If there are concerns about abuse, harassment, bullying or hazing in sport, call the toll-free Safe Sport Line at 1-833-656-7233 or email help@safesportline.ca.

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“Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” This quote from author and researcher Brené Brown sums up how I feel about forging more inclusive, accessible, and welcoming environments where people feel free to show up as they are, on behalf of the sport they are so passionate about.

This blog has been inspired by Pride Month and my deep desire to share and model a culturally humble approach when engaging with others. 

One of the ways to better understand our inner realm is to reflect on our social location. The concept of social location comes from the field of sociology and describes the ways we connect and experience various groups because of our place and/ or position in society. Defined as an individual’s combination of factors including gender, race, social class, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location, our social location creates a unique mosaic that contributes to our ‘beingness’ in the world. For instance, as a privileged white able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender woman, who was raised Catholic and now engages with spirituality in a non-denominational way, and who lives on unseeded Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation in Kanata, Ontario, Canada – I provide way more information that can be helpful to others than simply adding she/elle in my signature line. As a facilitator and Integral CoachTM, I am deeply conscious of my social location because of the nature of my work and that I hold positional power when I am supporting others through difficult life experiences, transitions and cultural transformation projects. Naming my social location has become a way for me to forge stronger alliances, acknowledge my privilege and inspire a deeper level of intimacy.  

It is helpful and deeply humbling to remember that no two people will occupy the exact same social location. What makes us unique is what makes us special. The shadow side of this reality can also contribute to what polarizes and divides. Sadly, in sport these days, we also see how our generational differences are fueling an ‘othering’ mindset. When people whose social location is notably different than the ones we are familiar with, it can create what might seem as impassable division.

Sound complicated? Welcome to the 21st Century reality where the long-outdated systems and structures are contributing to a long-overdue self-reflection exercise for sport. We simply cannot move past this by focusing on the system and structures that got us here. We need a re-imagined future for sport … one that is co-created by the people the sport system serves. And the sport system at the community level is diverse. As I’ve written about before, a vision for leadership is that the leaders within the system ought to reflect the faces and ideals of the people that participate in the system. That means that our social location as leaders needs to mirror the social location of participants.

Does this sound like Sportopia? For sport leaders constantly putting out fires and fearing when the next issue might emerge, this vision for sport might feel impossible to achieve. So did putting a person on the moon. Rather than call this world ‘sportopia’, what happens when brave leaders simply call it a shared vision for a better way?

A shared vision needs shared values to fuel the fire. The research I completed in 2010 and wrote a book about in 2011 called on sport leaders, coaches and athletes to adopt a management by values ethos as their primary way of being. What might happen if we converge around a set of universal values that would shape our environment? When the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) asked Canadians what values they wanted to see in the sport system … values like inclusion, fairness, excellence and fun repeatedly rose to the surface. Those same values were translated into the seven True Sport Principles and have been inspiring thousands of communities since they were introduced into the sport system following the London Declaration: Expectations for Fairness in Sport.  As I look back to better understand why it’s taken so long to work together as a cohesive community, I am reminded that sport suffers from the tyranny of the immediate and depleted workforce. Our over-reliance on a volunteer-driven system will continue to keep us stuck.

We can’t address systemic issues if we rely on the same system that created the issues in the first place. Einstein might have something to say about doing the same thing over and over again …

As a communicator by trade and a grief and loss educator by choice, I have found that creating shared language helps people move towards a collective understanding while inviting us to uncover some of the assumptions that contribute to keeping us stuck. See if learning about social location contributes to you relating to, and appreciating the uniqueness of those you work with, live with, or connect with on a more frequent basis. Getting curious about others is one of the first moves we can make to move past our assumptions into what I call the ‘field of possibility’. Inspired by Rumi’s beautiful quote “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

I’m here to learn and listen if you want to connect with me about anything I’ve shared, send me a note at dblaroche@sportlaw.ca.