Canada Artistic Swimming joins the federal government’s safe sport program

OTTAWA – Canada Artistic Swimming announced that it has signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the federal government’s program to prevent and combat abuse in sport.

The governing body for artistic swimming in Canada will have access to the new Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which is the hub of abuse-free sport, after a transition period ending no later than 31 december.

Canadian Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge has given national sports organizations an April deadline to sign with OSIC, or risk losing federal funding.

Athletes in many sports, including gymnastics, bobsleigh and skeleton, have spoken out about abuse in their sports, amid what St-Onge called a “safe sport crisis” in Canada.

The deal between Canada Artistic Swimming comes a day after Luge Canada and AthletesCAN, Canada’s National Team Athletes’ Association, said they were joining Abuse-Free Sport.

“Canada Artistic Swimming recognizes that safe sport is everyone’s responsibility,” said Jackie Buckingham, CEO of Canada Artistic Swimming, in a statement.

“We are fully committed to doing our part to support a growing national movement that is changing the culture of sport in this country.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 16, 2022.

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