Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) believes that everyone has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, or maltreatment. We are committed to making our culture better and are putting in place inclusive processes to help support our commitment to safe sport.
Canadian Sport Helpline
The Canadian Sport Helpline is here to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed / intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Independent Safe Sport Officer
As part of our commitment to Safe Sport, and effective September 17, 2021, WCL has enlisted the professional service of Ilan Yampolsky, as our independent, third-party contact (Safe Sport Officer) who is empowered to launch appropriate investigations as required based on policies, evidence or a situation reported. The independent Safe Sport Officer has significant experience dealing with disputes and Safe Sport issues with sensitivity and in confidence. Furthermore, the Safe Sport Officer will review, advise and refer issues for further investigation independently of WCL.
The Safe Sport Officer’s mandate includes, but is not limited to:
- Respond to emails and phone calls received by parties about maltreatment in sport.
- Contact complainant(s) to learn more about the situation.
- Conduct a preliminary review and assess against applicable policies, legal frameworks, and best practices.
- Except with prior consent of the complainant, maintain confidentiality regarding the identity of the complainant(s) and the specific details of the complainant, unless otherwise required by law.
For concerns/complaints, or to report or discuss incidents of maltreatment of any kind related to WCL events/activities, we encourage individuals to directly contact our independent, third-party Safe Sport Officer at:
Email: [email protected]
This is a confidential email address which will only be accessed by the Independent Safe Sport Officer.
Click on the following link to access additional information for related Support Services.
NOTE: All ongoing complaints are presently being addressed by WCL’s current Complaints & Appeal Officer. Any case files that remain open as of October 15, 2021 will be transitioned to the new Safe Sport Officer.
Policies & Procedures
Training & Screening Requirements
External eLearning Resources (Coaching Association of Canada):
External Resources (Respect Programs):
WCL first partnered with Respect Group in 2017 as part of its broader commitment to Safe Sport and adopted mandated “Respect” training for staff and members of the Board of Directors. Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004, and partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to create a best-in-class e-learning curriculum with the aim of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
WCL is now providing access to training and education (on a user-pay basis) for staff, coaches, medical personnel and the BOD through “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” and for parents through “Respect in Sport for Parents” modules.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
For: Staff, Coaches, Medical Personnel, Team Leaders & BOD
Cost: $30 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Individuals with a NCCP number will receive 3 PD points upon completion
Respect in Sport for Parents
For: Parents and Family of Athletes
Cost: $12 per household
Duration: 1 hour online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Jul 27, 2018 – WCL to Engage in Safe Sport Initiatives
Dec 03, 2018 – Open Letter to Members
Dec 17, 2018 – Canadian wrestlers pen open letter to Sport Minister
Jul 11, 2019 – WCL Members Endorse Increased Safe Sport Initiatives
Oct 02, 2020 – WCL Announces New Complaints & Appeal Officer
Oct 22, 2020 – Safety First National Task Force completes Final Report
Dec 07, 2020 – WCL Conducts Safe Sport Town Halls
June 18, 2021 – Safe Sport Information Session
July 8, 2021 – WCL Announces AGM Updates