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Luge Canada Safe Sport

Canadian Sport HELPlineLuge Canada believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination. The information below details the mechanism in place for reporting and escalating a case or concern.

Process for Reporting

Overview

Luge Canada takes reports of misconduct very seriously.  We have developed a safe, fair and anonymous reporting structure for the Luge Canada Community that not only complies with the Safe Sport Movement that has taken shape in Canada but sets the bar to which others in the sport environment strive.  Respect, accountability and resilience are our fundamental core team values for this organization, and we strongly believe in living our values.

The following is a condensed summary of the reporting steps.
 

  • Intake of incident via Luge Canada Safe Sport Officer (SSO):
    • Intake of all reports will be handled first by Luge Canada’s designated third-party Safe Sport Officer
  • Intake ‘FORM A’ reports should be submitted in writing to Luge Canada Safe Sport Officer.  Complete and submit FORM A provided below.
  • Any individual may report an incident or complaint to Luge Canada via our Safe Sport Officer in writing.
  • All reported incidents are handled by a designated third-party Safe Sport Officer (see below).
  • The Safe Sport Officer will determine how the case is handled depending on the severity of the allegations.

Luge Canada SSO Contact Information:

Paule Armeneau - Email: cnhyr.nezrarnh@znp.pbz / Phone: (403) 813-6081

Minor Incidents

If the alleged incident is determined NOT to include an element of discrimination, harassment, violence or abuse it will be considered a minor infraction and the case will be referred to Luge Canada’s President.

Examples include:

  • Disrespectful conduct
  • Minor incidents of violence (tripping, pushing etc.)
  • Conduct contrary to the values of Luge Canada
  • Non-Compliance with Luge Canada’s policies, procedures, rules or regulations
  • Minor violations of Luge Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics

Major Incidents

If the alleged incident is determined to contain an element of discrimination, harassment, violence, or abuse, the Safe Sport Officer MUST appoint an independent third-party investigator from sources such as the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada (SDRCC) or other qualified, appropriate investigator to investigate the complaint.  Luge Canada must also adhere to any reporting requirements mandated by the federal government.

Examples include:

  • A conviction for any Criminal Code offense
  • Major incidents of violence (e.g., fighting, attacking, sucker punching)
  • Major or repeated violations of Luge Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • Pranks, jokes, or other activities that endanger the safety of others
  • Conduct that intentionally interferes with a competition or with any athlete’s preparation for a competition
  • Conduct that intentionally damages Luge Canada’s or its partner’s or sponsor’s image, credibility, or reputation
  • Consistent disregard for Luge Canada’s bylaws, policies, rules, and regulations
  • Intentionally damaging Luge Canada’s property or improperly handling Luge Canada’s monies
  • Abusive use of alcohol, any use or possession of alcohol by minors, or use or possession of illicit drugs and narcotics
  • Any possession or use of banned performance enhancing drugs or methods
  • Repeated minor incidents 

Additional Resources

The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has launched the CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE, a national toll-fee sport helpline to offer assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The anonymous, confidential and independent service will allow them to share and validate their concerns, obtain advice on required next steps, and be referred to other appropriate resources for follow up. 

The CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE is funded by the Government of Canada. The helpline is a listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text or live chat, in the official language of their choice. The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

Form A

Harassment Policy