History of True Sport
In 2001, Canada’s Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for sport came together to bring ethics and respectful conduct back into the way Canadians play and compete. They believed that damaging practices—cheating, bullying, violence, aggressive parental behaviour, and even doping—were beginning to undermine the positive impact of community sport in Canada. The first step they took in turning back this negative tide was the signing of what is now known as the London Declaration, an unprecedented affirmation of positive sporting values and principles.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport conducted a nationwide survey in 2002, which made clear the important role that sport plays in the lives of Canadians, as well as Canadians’ strong desire to uphold a model of sport that reflects and teaches positive values like fairness, inclusion, and excellence.
In September of 2003, leading sports officials, sports champions, parents and kids from across Canada came together through a symposium entitled “The Sport We Want.” Several strong messages emerged from this gathering. First, that Canadians believe sport has the power to foster community engagement and teach young people important skills and principles. Second, that Canadians believe sport in this country could be doing more to fulfill its potential. Third, that Canadians at many levels of sport—from parents and community coaches to Olympians and other elite competitors—were eager for a national Movement that would engage communities and sports organizations across the country. Nine months later, the True Sport Movement was born.
Today, the True Sport Movement has thousands of members. A growing number of schools, clubs, leagues, teams, and communities across Canada are declaring that “True Sport Lives Here”. True Sport is supported by the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers responsible for sport, recreation and fitness. The True Sport Strategy is coordinated by the True Sport Secretariat and supported by many of Canada’s top federal and provincial sports organizations and corporate partners.
Welland - "True Sport Code of Conduct"
The City of Welland is a "True Sport community". The Welland Sport Tourism Alliance and the City of Welland Staff are creating a "True Sport Code of Conduct" for sports groups, parents, athletes and any participants. This document will outline ethics and respectful conduct expected from participants and groups.