Coaches play a vital role in shaping the youth of tomorrow through sport. The OVA relies on them and other persons in authority to be role models and to put young athletes on a path to success. The dynamic between coach and athlete gives rise to a power imbalance and a culture of unquestioned trust that can result in abuse. As such, it is imperative that all persons in positions of authority be held to a high standard of conduct. Abuse in sport, particularly sexual abuse and the grooming behaviour that precedes it, destroys the positive impact of sport and causes untold harm to victims and those around them. Consequently the OVA has a strong obligation to establish and maintain systems that prevent abuse and respond to conduct that poses risk to OVA athletes.
View the link below for a Person In Authority Code of Conduct - Info/Q & A webinar.
In this webinar, Karen Bellehumeur of Bellehumeur Law, a firm committed to providing legal advice and services exclusively to survivors of sexual abuse as well as legal education and advocacy, will explain the importance of the OVA's Person In Authority Code of Conduct and field questions from the membership.