For Immediate Release – SafeSport Gym Education
Regina, SK (September 15, 2023) — Gymnastics Saskatchewan and the Provincial and Territorial Gymnastics Sport organisations across Canada are pleased to announce the launch of SafeSport Gym Education.
SafeSport Gym Education is a collection of gymnastics organisations from across the country who worked hard to create documentary style videos to share what safe sport means from real people. Completely unscripted from real athletes, real coaches and real parents. This is a collection of moments, feelings and stories to educate us all.
As leaders in Safe Sport, Gymnastics Saskatchewan works to diligently deliver positive gymnastics experiences for province wide participation at all levels. Our dedicated group has collaborated our efforts to educate athletes, parents, support staff, and coaches about what safe sport means in a way that is positive and engaging.
“Gymnastics Saskatchewan is proud to be a part of the SafeSport Gym Education project. It’s crucial for everyone in our community to continue learning and growing together, especially when it comes to keeping each other safe,” states Klara Miller, CEO, Gymnastics Saskatchewan. “Our involvement in this initiative reflects our dedication to creating positive gymnastics experiences for all. Safe Sport is a collective responsibility, and we invite everyone to join the conversation, engage with peers, family, and coaches, and together, bring Safe Sport into a brighter space where understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and resilience flourish.”
Our collective message that “Safe Sport is Everyone’s Responsibility” is just that – Inviting everyone into this conversation and including; encouraging them to engage with their peers, their family, their coaches in what we hope will bring Safe Sport out of the shadows and into a brighter space where we all share in improving our collective understanding, acceptance, tolerance and resilience.
“I think it is so important we are talking about safe sport and we are implementing things,” comments Olympian, Ellie Black. “I think there is a long way to go and we are working really hard on this but this is the number one (1) priority; to make sure kids are safe and they don’t have to worry about anything else.”
“These videos will be integral in the onboarding of new and returning athletes, coaches, support staff and parents at the start of the gymnastics season and throughout the year,” notes Robin McDougall, Executive Director, Alberta Gymnastics Federation. “They can be watched as a group of peers, with families, as a team and also individually, easily accommodating any safe environment for all viewers. These videos are a great addition to our current and ever-evolving tools to educate all of their responsibility with Safe Sport.”
Link to SafeSport Gym Education Website
About SafeSport Gym Education
Safe Sport Gym Education is a collaboration among gymnastics organisations across Canada. A dedicated group showing their support and effort to educate athletes, parents, support staff, and coaches about what safe sport means in a way that is positive and engaging. These videos were created with the athlete in mind and was a project every athlete, coach and parent volunteered their time to be a part of.