Child Sexual Abuse – Awareness and Education in Sport
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charity that works to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse and exploitation, will provide an overview of their organization, the work they are doing in sport, the scope of the problem of sexual abuse, and highlight tools available for sport to help mitigate risk.
How can we advance para sport in Alberta? David Legg with Alberta Para Sport and Catherine Gosselin-Despres from the Canadian Paralympic Committee will guide a discussion with leaders in this session of what’s next for para sport in Alberta and what can be done to be even more inclusive in this area.
This presentation will draw on a wide range of scholarly research and best practices related to talent identification and development in sport. It will begin by discussing some of the key challenges, and some promising solutions, to identifying those prospects with the greatest potential to become the elite performers of the future. It will then describe the essential characteristics of some of the most successful athlete development environments in the sporting world.
Finally, it will offer a new conception as to how the Alberta Sport System, and each sport within it, might re-imagine our approach to talent identification and development for the benefit of the many athletes who we serve.
Sport Reflects the Principles of Inclusive Athlete Developmental Environments
In this session, Dr. Tom Hinch will highlight the synergistic relationship between the two global phenomena of sport and tourism. The advantages of sport as a tourist attraction are then discussed along with a typology of sport tourism that that can be used to formulate strategic plans.
The session will then close by identifying resources that you can use to capitalize on the opportunities that sport tourism provides to your organizations and communities.
Host – Alberta Sport Connection
Natalie Durand-Bush – Co-Founder: Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport
Anastasia Bucsis – 2010 / 2014 Olympian
In this session, Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush; a sport psychology professor and Co-Founder of the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport along with Anastasia Bucis; a two time Canadian Olympic Speed Skater will discuss a number of aspects related to mental health and sport. The differences between mental health, mental illness and mental performance, the prevalence of mental health challenges/mental Illness in sport vs. the general population and Duty of Care; why coaches should care about athletes’ mental health and their own mental health will all be examined. Anastasia will provide insight into her story as an Olympic Speed Skater and the effects mental health have had on her throughout her career and how she has been able to transition into her role with the CBC. The session will conclude with insight into how a culture of positive mental health is being created with specific action items and takeaways that can be incorporated into our daily lives.
The morning starts bright and early as your conference hosts preview the day and we welcome a representative from the Enoch Cree Nation which is a proud First Nations situated on Treat No. 6 territory in central Alberta, bordering the city of Edmonton’s west side to bring greetings.