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Randy Starkman Award revival headlines nomination campaign launch for 45th Canadian Sport Awards

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce the revival of the Randy Starkman Award for Leadership in Sports Journalism as part of the nomination campaign for the 45th Canadian Sport Awards (CSAs).

The Randy Starkman Award for Leadership in Sports Journalism was initially created in 2012, following the sudden passing of its namesake just a few months prior, who served as a long-time Toronto Star amateur sports reporter and advocate. The award recognizes his extraordinary career and unparalleled contributions in telling the stories of Canadian sport over the past 30 years from an athletes’ perspective.

 

“We’re so honoured to have Randy remembered this way, and we’re very grateful to AthletesCAN for reviving the award. Randy’s stories were always shaped by his respect for the athletes, so it would mean a lot to him that the athletes’ own organization is making this happen.”

Mary Hynes - Starkman’s partner of nearly 30 years

The award’s revival in memory of Starkman will serve as an ongoing recognition of his legacy and will be a call to action to inspire current and future Canadian sport journalists to strive for the kind of sport journalism that he demonstrated throughout his career.

In its lone previous appearance a decade ago on the Canadian Sport Awards program, Olympic canoe sprint bronze medalist Thomas Hall – now the Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), following a distinguished career in sports reporting – accepted the inaugural award on behalf of the Starkman family.

The addition of the Randy Starkman Award highlights the launch of this year’s CSA Nomination Campaign, which features six awards and is now open until Oct. 31. Candidates may also be nominated for the AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award, the True Sport Award, the #AthleteVoice Rep of the Year Award and the Bruce Kidd Leadership Award.

Nominations for the People’s Choice Award for Most Trending Moment of the Year in partnership with CBC Sports will once again be conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, in addition to CSA founding co-partner Commonwealth Sport Canada.

“We are excited to launch the nomination campaign for the 45th Canadian Sport Awards in collaboration with the Starkman family and our sport partners. This year’s event will be uniquely special as we honour not just the ongoing athlete advocacy work of our members, but also that of a member of the media who has followed in Randy’s footsteps.”

Celina Toth - AthletesCAN Board Member and Chair of the CSA Committee

A full awards campaign will be held in November, with winners announced in December. For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, including complete guidelines and award descriptions and criteria click here.

About the Canadian Sport Awards

The Canadian Sport Awards were established in 1972 by modern day co-founders True Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, Canada Games Council, Commonwealth Sport Canada, and AthletesCAN to recognize and showcase excellence in Canadian sport. Since then, the CSAs have evolved over time to become the premier recognition event for national sporting excellence. After the 40th anniversary, the awards experienced a five-year hiatus. In 2017, AthletesCAN successfully acquired the rights to revive this staple event to once again bring together members of the sport community to honour the spirit, drive, and commitment of Canada’s international level athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sport leaders.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Canadian basketball star, indigenous advocate Linklater to headline 2022 AthletesCAN Forum

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is pleased to announce that former Canadian basketball player and indigenous advocate Michael Linklater will headline the 2022 AthletesCAN Forum, slated for Oct. 15-16.

Linklater, who represented Canada in 3×3 competition for several years in additional to playing in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), will deliver the keynote address to kick off the event on Saturday, Oct. 15, speaking on how inclusion and accessibility to sport for all can improve sport culture within Canada.

The 2022 AthletesCAN Forum, titled Reimagining Culture through a Safe Sport Lens, will be open to all National Team athletes qualifying for AthletesCAN membership. Sessions will cover how accessibility and inclusion in sport can foster a better sport culture for all. Sessions will be formatted in an engaging manner with discussion encouraged on a variety of topics that impact sport culture and will provide athletes with the tools they need to engage in discussions surrounding these topics within their National Sport Organizations.

Kicking off the one-month countdown to the event, registration is officially now open with further details surrounding additional speakers and session titles will be announced over the coming weeks.

The AthletesCAN Forum is the largest and most inclusive gathering of Canada’s national team athlete representatives outside of competition. It brings together Canada’s high-performance athletes and sport leaders to learn about the sport system, develop leadership skills, share ideas and network through interactive workshops, seminars and presentations. 

To register for the 2022 AthletesCAN Forum, click below. 

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

AthletesCAN, COC AC, CPC AC release joint statement following meeting with Minister St-Onge; announce Canadian Athlete Assembly

TORONTO / OTTAWA – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission (COC AC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Council (CPC AC) want to thank Minister Pascale St-Onge for recently meeting with our joint leadership.

On behalf of all national team athletes from coast-to-coast, we commend the Federal Government for its investment in sport safety in last week’s budget, and its commitment to listen to and address the lived experiences that our members have endured.

We are all united in calling for governance reform, meaningful athlete representation both on National Sport Organization (NSO) Boards and in the implementation and effective operation of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada’s (SDRCC) independent safe sport mechanism. We are also asking for increased accountability, and the addressing of policies and funding structures that have led to the circumstances we find ourselves in today.  

This is the first step in repairing this crisis and changing the fundamental culture that exists within the Canadian sport system. We look forward to working with the Minister and her team to ensure all athlete voices are prioritized and heard, and building together a healthier, more welcoming sport environment for all athletes across the country for years to come.

Following last week’s meeting, AthletesCAN, the COC AC and CPC AC have partnered together to hold a National Assembly. The Canadian Athlete Assembly will take place on Thursday, Apr. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT in response to the growing concerns surrounding safe sport in Canada and provide an update to all members in attendance on recent developments.

National Team athletes are encouraged to check their email or contact AthletesCAN, the COC AC or CPC AC for further details regarding the event.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture

Our priority is to ensure our members are protected and we work to address health and safety, athlete funding, athlete agreements, athlete voice, anti-doping, athlete rights, athlete recognition, and athlete social responsibility. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN. 

About the COC Athletes' Commission

The COC Athletes’ Commission represents the voice of Canadian Olympic athletes to the Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors, to Sport Canada, to the International Olympic Committee, international sport federations and all other domestic sport organizations. It is instrumental in presenting Canadian athletes’ perspectives in areas ranging from athlete rights, safe sport policies, marketing & COC partnership agreements, Olympic team selection policies and much more.

About the CPC Athletes' Council

The CPC Athletes’ Council is an elected group of current and retired Paralympic athletes (within the past eight years) that serve as the collective voice, advocating the best interests of Canada’s Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic movement within Canada. The Athletes’ Council works to provide input and recommendations from an athlete perspective to the Canadian Paralympic Committee staff, committees and Board of a Directors with respect to decision making at all levels of the organization.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

COC Athletes’ Commission
athletescommission@olympic.ca
@TeamCanadaAC

CPC Athletes’ Council
athletescouncil@paralympic.ca 
@CDNParalympics

Statement: Rugby Canada High-Performance independent review

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement in response to the recently-announced independent review of Rugby Canada’s high performance programs.

AthletesCAN is encouraged by the independent review of Rugby Canada’s high-performance programs and the transparency demonstrated throughout the report. The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge its existence and to evaluate it with honesty, sincerity and without any biases.

These findings illustrate a discouraging situation within the NSO, but we are encouraged by the report’s level of detail. We are optimistic that this can be a platform to transform the culture within the organization.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Statement: Gymnastics Open Letter

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement in response to an open letter sent to Gymnastics Canada:

We are frustrated with the issues athletes continue to face in the Canadian sport system. National Sport Organizations (NSOs) need to proactively engage in independent third-party evaluations to improve their organizations before these evaluations are required to turn into investigations.

We echo our Gymnastics athletes’ call for an independent investigation, supporting their desire to be able to train and compete in a harassment free environment. Furthermore, we advocate for transparency through the process and meaningful change following the investigation.

The athlete voice must be part of all discussions and involved in decisions to ensure a safe environment for their success. We must all work together to build an athlete centered system within Canada.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Statement on Safe Sport

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement Monday:

AthletesCAN continues to hear from athletes about the issues they are facing in Canadian sport. These issues are not new and we need to keep working together to make our sport system more athlete-centred. We encourage any Canadian National Team athlete that is having an issue within their sport to reach out to us. You are not alone in this! We are here to help and provide a safe space for all.”

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

AthletesCAN launches Spring 2022 recruitment

TORONTO – Following the launch of its brand new website and 30th anniversary promotional campaign, AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is recruiting for various positions (fulltime, contract, volunteer and freelance) set to commence this spring.

The roles include a Manager, Athlete Projects & Operations, an Interim Office Administrator, Onboarding Development Contractors, Student Internships in both Operations and Marketing and Communications, as well as the groundbreaking AthletesCAN Creative Champions Program – which seeks students and young professionals interested in telling the stories of our members from an athlete-centred perspective. 

Click below to learn more about each of the positions:

All recruitment for the above positions will be conducted through AthletesCAN.ca, our official social media channels, and our authorized email domain (@athletescan.ca).

If you are contacted about a position with AthletesCAN from an unauthorized account, please do not share any personal information or engage with the sender. AthletesCAN will not ask you unsolicited to provide this information, or to purchase anything as part of any legitimate, verified hiring process through our organization.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture

Statement: Bobsleigh / Skeleton Open Letter

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement in response to an open letter sent to Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.

AthletesCAN has been made aware of an open letter sent to Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton by over 80 athletes from the sport. These athletes provided an overview of the mental, physical, emotional, and financial suffering they have endured over years from their own federation.

AthleteCAN fully supports the athletes’ call for an authentic independent investigation with its findings made public in a written report, while at the same time, when requested, protect the anonymity of the athlete(s). Furthermore, we fully endorse that the selection of any hearing body appointees or independent investigators must be agreed to by the athletes.

An environment that allows all Canadian national team athletes to feel safe and engages athletes in decision making processes is essential to the success and well being of all athletes.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

New website, AthletesCAN.ca launches to mark organization’s 30th anniversary

TORONTO – Coming off a historic 26-medal performance by its Olympic members at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to unveil its new website, AthletesCAN.ca, in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.

Beginning today, AthletesCAN.ca becomes our new online digital home, marking a shift to a Canadian-based domain for the first time in our history. The new website was designed to create a more user-friendly experience, with separate portals for both members and the public, showcasing all of AthletesCAN’s familiar resources, while also maintaining athlete-exclusive materials. 

“We are thrilled to finally reveal our new website. Our national team athletes from coast-to-coast proudly represent Canada and moving to AthletesCAN.ca strengthens our alignment on their behalf with our partners within the Canadian sport system. As part of our new Strategic Plan, we look forward to raising our national awareness significantly in the coming years, while continuing to build a safe and welcoming sport environment across the country.”

Erin Willson, AthletesCAN President

As part of today’s launch, AthletesCAN is also unveiling a commemorative 30th anniversary logo. The new mark highlights three decades of service representing over 6,000 members competing at or recently retired from their careers at Sport Canada-funded senior World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Pan and Parapan American Games, as well as the Olympics and Paralympics – which are set to open in Beijing this week. 

The new website, anniversary logo, and accompanying suite of promotional assets were designed by inMotion, an award-winning digital and video marketing agency based in Ottawa with experience serving fellow sport partners including the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), Bowls Canada, Curling Canada and Taekwondo Canada. Preserving tradition, the logo maintains the time-honoured AthletesCAN mark – a triumphant athlete silhouetted within a Maple Leaf situated above our name, celebrating both our Canadian pride, and the collective empowerment that with the right support, our athletes can achieve their dreams

On top of these assets, AthletesCAN also revealed a campaign hype video, kicking off its commitment to digital athlete-centred storytelling initiatives, that will prioritize how the organization has played a significant role and benefit in the sport journey of its members.

Further details surrounding these initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks.

“AthletesCAN.ca gives us the perfect platform to tell the stories of our members like never before,” said Alan Hudes, Manager of Communications and Sport Partnerships at AthletesCAN. “This is an exciting opportunity to create dynamic, engaging content that will unite and amplify the voices of Canadian athletes on our various channels, and showcase our leaders looking to inspire change.”

About inMotion

inMotion is an award winning digital and video marketing agency. We specialize in industry and professional associations, medical & healthcare organizations, and agri-business and technology firms.

Founded in 1979, inMotion is a team of specialists, armed with expertise and technology, working together to help our clients reach their marketing and business goals. Follow us on social @inMotionDOTca, visit inMotion.ca or contact info@inmotion.ca.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Advisory Notice: AthletesCAN Job Scam

TO: ATHLETES, MEMBERS, AND STAKEHOLDERS

We have become aware of an active job scam targeting individuals who wish to interview for a position at AthletesCAN. Please be advised that there are currently no opportunities with AthletesCAN at this time. Any job openings available with AthletesCAN will be shared on our website, from our verified social media accounts, and job posting websites.

If you are contacted about a job with AthletesCAN from an unauthorized account, please do not share any personal information or engage with the sender. AthletesCAN will not ask you unsolicited to provide this information, or to purchase anything as part of any legitimate, verified hiring process through our organization.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and are actively addressing this situation including reporting to the appropriate authorities.

For more information please contact:
info@athletescan.ca
1-888-832-4222
613-526-4025