CALGARY, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Sask Sport Inc., the Saskatchewan
Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and Respect Group Inc. are pleased
to announce the implementation of Respect in Sport (RiS) for Coaches,
Canada's first online training program for coaches to help create a
safer and harassment-free environment for youth and adults
participating in sport. RiS is an online tool to assist coaches in
identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in
sport. It will assist coaches in having a better understanding of the
responsibilities, reward and respect that come with being a coach, as
well as providing them with more confidence in identifying and dealing
with abuse, neglect, bullying and harassment. RiS will help to create a
safer and more respectful environment for coaches and the athletes in
their care, and mitigate personal liability associated with these
issues. All active coaches registered with a Provincial Sport Governing
Body (PSGB) will be required to take the RiS online training.
"Our province is growing, which means more people than ever will be
playing sports in our province," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister
Kevin Doherty said. "It's important they have a positive experience.
The opportunity to play sports and a program that aims to ensure the
experience is a good one helps guarantee an enviable quality of life. I
am very pleased to see that Sask Sport and the Government of
Saskatchewan are implementing the Respect in Sport program
province-wide. It is a testament to proactive leadership and a strong
commitment to making child protection a Saskatchewan priority." Sheldon
Kennedy, Co-Founder Respect Group Inc.
"We believe in taking a proactive approach to making sport in
Saskatchewan as safe as possible and welcoming for all participants.
RiS will help to promote these values and provide a better sport
environment for all participants," said Nada Gorman, President of Sask
SOURCE: Respect Group Inc.
For further information:
For more information on the RiS for Coaches program http://www.sasksport.sk.ca