Wheelchair Basketball Canada Statement on Minister Duncan’s Safe Sport Announcement

(March 13, 2019 – OTTAWA, ONT.) The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced Wednesday the introduction of an independent investigation unit and a national toll-free confidential helpline to address harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport in Canada.
The third-party investigation unit has been set up through the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), an independent centre that serves members of the national sport community in helping resolve sport disputes.

The Canadian Sport Helpline was launched earlier this week and provides a safe place for victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination, or simply to speak in confidence to a neutral third party to get the help they need. It serves as a professional listening and referral service.

Statement from Wendy Gittens, Executive Director, Wheelchair Basketball Canada
“Wheelchair Basketball Canada applauds Minister Duncan for her work in implementing these new measures to safeguard all athletes and participants in Canadian sport. Sport should be free of harassment, abuse or discrimination of any kind. We support these initiatives and we remain dedicated to working with the sport community and with our stakeholders to foster an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive for everyone involved in wheelchair basketball in Canada, including our athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers.”

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.

Media Contact
Courtney Pollock
Manager, Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
613-260-1296 ext. 203
cpollock@wheelchairbasketball.ca

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