Safe Sport

Safe Sport

The Olympic Oval believes that everyone has the right to participate in a safe and inclusive sport environment that is free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and maltreatment. This is why we are committed to Safe Sport. 

Safe Sport is an environment where athletes can train and compete in healthy and supportive surroundings that promote positive experiences.



The Olympic Oval is committed to operating within the national Safe Sport reporting and resolution framework in a timely manner that is compassionate, fair and transparent. We encourage the reporting of all incidents where abuse, discrimination, and/or harassment is perceived regardless of whom the offender may be or the context. Reporting is essential to ensure accountability and identify any potential risks to our Safe Sport environment.

Reporting Avenues

The Olympic Oval knows how important it is to provide a safe and secure way of reporting issues. In turn, we provide multiple avenues for participants to report:

  • Speak to your coach or a member of the Olympic Oval Leadership Team
  • Report to University of Calgary Human Resources (details below)
  • Connect with the Safe Sport Speak Up Line (details below)

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How to Report

Information on reporting to the University of Calgary and the Safe Sport Speak Up Line.

University of Calgary

The university has developed a process for addressing workplace complaints that includes both a formal investigation process and more informal resolution options.

When undertaking investigations, the university must ensure a thorough investigation in a timely, procedurally fair and transparent manner, however, not all complaints will necessitate a formal investigation. Some complaints may be more appropriately and expeditiously addressed through an informal resolution process.

In general, when a complaint is received by HR, a determination as to whether a formal investigation is necessary will be made upon assessing the complaint and following an initial consultation with the complainant.

For an overview of the HR formal investigation process see the Investigation Flow Chart.

To register a formal complaint, use the Complaint Form.


Please contact our HR partner directly to file a report.

Ashley Boglis — Faculty of Kinesiology HR

Safe Sport Speak Up Line

The Olympic Oval is aligned with Speed Skating Canada and it’s Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations on the launch of the Safe Sport Speak Up Line, a new independent reporting mechanism that supports the intake and management of complaints from all speed skating participants within the Canadian speed skating community.

The Safe Sport Speak Up Line can be used by all past and present participants of speed skating in Canada, including athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers involved at the national, provincial, territorial and club levels. Items that can be reported include governance disputes, non-compliance with organizational policies, and conduct or behaviour that results or has the potential to result in physical or psychological harm, including but not limited to, maltreatment, abuse of authority, bullying, harassment and discrimination.

The Safe Sport Speak Up Line is accessible online and by telephone. Complaints can be raised through the third-party hotline – on a confidential basis, with or without anonymity – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including weekends and holidays).

Safe Sport Speak Up Line


The Olympic Oval is committed to providing a safe environment free of abuse, harassment and bullying, both on and off the ice.


This e-learning module, developed by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), addresses ethical sport, banned substances, supplements, and various other components of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).

This e-learning module on Safe Sport, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, will help anyone involved in sport – whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background – to promote physical, psychological and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport.

The Respect in Sport (Activity Leader/Coach) e-learning program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).

One of the most common reasons coaches, managers, officials and athletes, of all ages, cite for leaving sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. The Respect in Sport (Parent) e-learning program defines a standard of behaviour for all parents and creates a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

Anti-Doping and Substance Abuse

The Olympic Oval adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) run by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). We respect all rules regarding the use of prohibited substances and methods that serve to protect the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes.

This e-learning module on drug-free sport, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, teaches about the consequences of using banned substances, drug-testing protocols at major competition, and an athlete’s responsibility for ensuring a drug-free environment.

Additional Resources

The Olympic Oval's goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of all individuals in the speed skating community.

Additionally, the Oval is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all participants, where everyone feels welcome and respected.

The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mental health and performance of competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. It offers collaborative, sport-focused mental health care services designed to help athletes and coaches achieve their performance goals while preserving their mental health and well-being.

Powered by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub provides the tools and information to overcome stigma and guide conversations about mental health. This free online portal offers training and resources for coaches to develop mental health literacy and positive coaching practices to improve performance and well-being in sport.

This e-learning module on concussion awareness, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of all participants, including yourself.

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is an online course designed to provide coaches and parents with the information they need to provide evidence-based care for their athletes who have sustained a concussion.

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is an online course designed to provide coaches and parents with the information they need to provide evidence-based care for their athletes who have sustained a concussion.

The University of Calgary is committed to providing a campus that respects and promotes human rights, personal dignity, civility, and the health and safety of all members of our campus community.

Learn how to create safe and respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity with this e-module for coaches and activity leaders, developed by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with Canadian Women & Sport and the Coaching Association of Canada.

This e-learning module from Canadian Women & Sport provides the information and tools needed to act on a commitment to gender equity, helping participants make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in sport.

This series of e-learning modules, developed by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and Coaching Association of Canada, respond to the need for a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Indigenous culture, values and lifestyles.

We strive to cultivate a safe high-performance training environment for the athletes through a positive culture and healthy life balance.

Jonathan Guilmette

Manager, High-Performance Sport