Archery Canada Approves New Trans Inclusion Policy
June 22, 2018
OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Archery Canada is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved an Archery Canada Trans Inclusion Policy, following the recommendations outlined in Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport, published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). “The CCES believes that sport should be a safe and welcoming place for everybody who wants to participate,” said Paul Melia, CCES President and CEO. “Archery Canada’s leadership will make their sport a space for trans athletes to practice and compete in the sport they love.”
Archery Canada believes that all individuals deserve a respectful and inclusive environment for participation in our sport, one that values all individuals’ gender identities and gender expressions. Archery Canada wants to ensure that all participants have access to programming and facilities in which they feel welcome, respected and safe.
Archery Canada is committed to implementing this new policy in a fair and equitable manner using education, monitoring and learnings to ensure the policy is having the intended outcomes. Archery Canada President, Al Wills explained, “We strongly believe in allowing all archers the opportunity to compete and participate in an inclusive, barrier free field of play. There is no place in sport for exclusion or bullying of any kind and it is our goal, through this Trans Inclusion Policy, to promote a safe and respectful environment for all participants regardless of their gender identity. We strongly encourage all levels of archery, from the local to the international level, to provide fair and equitable sport opportunities that value all individuals’ gender identities and gender expressions.”
Please find the Trans Inclusion Policy on our website