Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) is putting in place processes, procedures and policies to help create a safe environment for all participants. We believe that athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free from abuse, harassment, bullying and/ or discrimination. We are committed to making our culture better and are putting in place inclusive processes to help support our commitment to safe sport.
Independent Third Party Complaints Management
Effective December 19, 2018 WCL has commissioned the Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG), to act as an independent third party to receive complaints on its behalf, with the authority to appoint a neutral independent panel, until such time as WCL is in a position to offer a more permanent solution.
The substantive aspects of WCL’s Discipline Policy and Appeal Policy will remain. However, in order to ensure procedural fairness for all parties, the procedural aspects of these Policies may be modified. Should this be the case, the modified procedures will be published on WCL’s website and a notice will be sent to WCL’s membership.
Please direct inquiries to SLSG at: [email protected]
Policies & Procedures
WCL first partnered with Respect Group in 2017 as part of its broader commitment to Safe Sport and adopted mandated “Respect in the Workplace” training for staff and members of the Board of Directors, every 5 years. 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).
In addition to the “Respect in the Workplace” training, WCL is now providing access to training and education for coaches, team leaders, and volunteers through “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” and for parents through “Respect in Sport for Parents” modules. The initial roll out of “Respect in Sport” is on a voluntary basis and strongly recommended for coaches, any support staff, officials, volunteers as well as parents across the country, on a user-pay basis. Further direction from WCL on training expectations will be forthcoming later this year.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
For: Coaches, Team Leaders, Managers, Officials, Club Volunteers
Cost: $30 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Coaches 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
Respect in the Workplace
For: mandated for all staff and BOD once every five (5) years
Cost: $40 per person (covered by WCL)
Duration: 90 minutes online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Safety First National Task Force
- Chair – Lúcás Ó’Ceallacháin (Chair)
- Member – Danielle Lappage (Athlete)
- Member – Jessica Brouillette (Athlete)
- Member – Laura Steffler (Coach)
- Member – Dave Collie (Coach)
- Member – Marcia Chiasson (Official)
- Member – Laura (Jones) Summers
- Member – Bill Bain