Sport can provide British Columbians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds with life-long opportunities to enjoy physical, social and emotional health benefits.
A sport environment that is positive, respectful, engaging and accessible for all participants encourages individuals to join and stay in sport throughout their lives. Conversely, a sport environment in which participants are exposed to negative experiences, such as bullying, can be harmful and cause individuals to quit sport.
Bullying is unwelcome or aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and can take many forms including physical, verbal, emotional or other types of intimidating or humiliating behaviours. The behaviour is often repeated and can occur on or away from the playing field, court or arena. Children, youth and adults can all be vulnerable to experiences of bullying.
Along with Province of B.C. and B.C. sports leaders, BCWA is committed to fostering a positive sport environment with mechanisms in place to effectively prevent and address bullying in sport.
All those involved in sport — participants, athletes, coaches, parents, caregivers, officials, organizations, partners, volunteers and others — are encouraged to join in this commitment and help ensure a safe, welcoming and positive sport culture and environment for all British Columbians of every background, gender, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, age, ability and aspiration!
*** The information above is copied from the Declaration of Commitment to Erase Bullying in Sport Throughout BC