KIN subscribes to the new codes and conduct being developed by Gymnastics Canada and Alberta Gymnastics. Some members of our community, namely gymnasts, are particularly vulnerable to individuals in positions of power. Due to the long hours, at a young age, that gymnasts spend away from their families training, the unquestioned authority of the coach and traveling under the direction of unrelated Adults, these athletes are not socialized in the same way that most young people are. With increased acknowledgement worldwide, of the sport’s culture of compliance and silence, everyone involved must make a concerted effort to change some long-standing practices and behaviours in order to keep ALL members safe. Athlete maltreatment will not be tolerated.
KIN has in place policies and procedures that, describe conduct that will not be tolerated; standards of behaviour that coaches, parents, staff and volunteers must follow to ensure participant well-being and a process for receiving and handling conduct complaints. If you would like a copy of all policies and procedures, please contact us. Creating a legacy of safe sport practices rests with current coaches, club owners, administrators and the Federation. It is our collective responsibility.