To prevent unethical conduct, positive values must be committed to and prioritized throughout the sport system. When sport is values-based, it has the power to positively influence behaviour and create a culture that instills character, strengthens communities, and increases opportunities for excellence. The Nova Scotia Safe Sport Working Group (SSWG) recognizes True Sport as an approach to foster a sporting culture free from maltreatment while maximizing the potential to be valued as a public asset.
The Nova Scotia True Sport Athlete Ambassador Program engages a diverse cohort of athletes who use their voices to share their passion for True Sport. The athletes were selected through the Support4Sport VIP Coaching Program with the goal of increasing awareness, understanding, and engagement of values-based sport. This project is a component of Nova Scotia’s commitment to safe sport.
The True Sport Principles that resonate with me are "Keep It Fun" and "Give Back". I keep it fun through the friendships I’ve made. As a player, I feel respected by my teammates, coaches and officials. As a coach, I want to give back and help provide a similar experience for upcoming athletes.
Growing up playing many sports my whole life has been very beneficial to not only my physical health, but also my mental health! I was fortunate enough to grow up playing in True Sport, where I didn’t have to worry about being excluded or disadvantaged. I really value the True Sport Principle "Keep It Fun" because that’s what keeps me motivated in sport and that’s what I aim to keep promoting!
Being a multisport athlete has allowed me to partake in sports at every level of competition, both as an athlete and as a coach. Whether it be at the provincial championship or timbits soccer, I know that when True Sport Values are front and center, everyone gets to have fun and feel included. Through sport, I've grown not only as an athlete, but as a better person as well.
Interactions with other athletes, coaches, and sport personnel are improved when the True Sport Principles are activated. In my sport of Taekwondo, I feel safe knowing that the principles "Respect Others" and "Keep It Fun" play important roles in the sport. environment, allowing me to be the best athlete I can be.
Participating in sports and working closely within my community as a coach has made the True Sport Principles mean even more to me. I get the chance to share the Principles with the kids as a coach, and hopefully have them follow the Principles as adults. As a queer athlete, I try to promote change within my sport. Being inclusive to everyone I meet is a starting point for the change in sport culture that’s needed.