For Immediate Release
TORONTO (June 11, 2018) – Earlier last week, former national team skiers, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard came forward to speak publicly about their abuse from former coach Bertrand Charest.
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) would like to express its support and solidarity to all the victims and anyone impacted by Bertrand Charest. There is zero tolerance for any form of abuse or harassment in the sport community in Ontario and Canada.
CSIO acknowledges and applauds the former members of the Canadian national team for their strength and courage to share their stories of abuse. Their impactful statements have created a platform for other survivors to come forward and in response, sport organizations are engaging in open dialogues to improve athlete safety and to promote a safe and respectful environment free of harassment and violence.
Gagnon, Kelly, Prchal and Simard advocate for better safeguards to protect athletes and suggest an accredited safety program to provide safety training and policies for sport organizations and its members. CSIO would like to thank the athletes, B2ten, the Coaching Association of Canada and Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada for their ongoing contributions to this important movement.
CSIO is committed to protecting athletes from all forms of abuse and prioritizing safety. In addition to its ongoing commitment to a harassment and violence free workplace as part of its internal organizational policies, in support of this initiative CSIO plans to take the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge in the coming months to ensure that a respectful and safe workplace extends to the Ontario athletes that CSIO supports.
“Providing a safe, respectful and harassment free environment for athletes is a priority for CSIO. We are committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment, violence or threats of violence and recognize the dignity and worth of every person who we interact with in the sports community, from the beginner level to the highest level of performance” – Debbie Low, Chief Executive Officer, CSIO
About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Located at the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, the largest legacy facility of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes and coaches to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. CSIO offers athletes a range of sport science and sport medicine services including nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, mental performance and sport therapy; as well as life services and assistance with transitioning in to and out of sport. CSIO also delivers programming and services to National and Provincial Sport Organizations and coaches to work towards building a stronger sport system in Ontario.
As a key partner in the sport systems of both Ontario and Canada, CSIO services approximately 700 high performance athletes and 250 coaches and is part of a larger network of 4 institutes and 3 multi-sport centres across the country. CSIO is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Coaching Association of Canada, along with the National and Provincial Sport Organizations within the sector.
David Chu, Director, Corporate Services and Partnerships
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 ex 202