Safe Sport & OLBA
Sports are a critical part of many people’s lives. They provide fitness, enjoyment, excitement and social benefits. But those benefits may only be truly enjoyed in an environment that is safe and inclusive. Too often in the recent past we’ve seen distressing news about abuse, preventable injury, harassment, discrimination and bullying. We may have even experienced it.
“Safe Sport” is the banner used by sports and governmental agencies internationally to denote significant reforms designed to address these issues. The Governments of Canada and Ontario have already implemented massive reforms at the national and provincial level as part of the Ontario Amateur Sport Fund compliance requirements for accredited provincial sports organizations. We can expect this trend to continue and for other sports organizations at all levels to be held to higher standards of accountability. Ontario lawn bowling will be no exception.
OLBA Commitment to Safe Sport
These principles are also defined by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries through the Ontario Amateur Sport Fund which provides grants to the OLBA and other recognized Provincial Sports Organizations.
The following policies and guides help to explain Safe Sport in a lawn bowling context and to aid clubs and members towards implementation.
Do your background check either with your local police or online with Sterling Backcheck.