Sport has the capacity to shape, mold, and enrich the lives of our athletes. Sport should empower our youth to put in the work, to encourage goal setting, to cultivate mentorship, and create everlasting friendships. A sport environment in which participants, athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators and officials are exposed to negative experiences, such as bullying, can be harmful.
viaSport, the Government of B.C., 73 sporting organizations within British Columbia want to ensure participants, at every level of sport, are aware that bullying in any form cannot be tolerated.
“The more public support we can get for this, the greater impact we will have. Power in numbers can lead to real change. Everyone in this province can have a hand in building a thriving sport community – taking the public pledge on our website is one step in helping us get there. Together we can ensure no child or athlete is bullied while participating in sport.” – Sheila Bouman, viaSport CEO
Those who sign the Declaration are committing to foster a positive sport environment with mechanisms in place to effectively prevent and address bullying in sport.
Take the Pledge
WSWBC, viaSport, and the Province of B.C. will acknowledge the sport sector and government leaders’ commitment to anti-bullying on Pink Shirt Day (February 22), as provincial sport organizations come together and join the Province’s first Declaration of Commitment to erase bullying in sport throughout B.C.