Host: – Hamish Brown – Western Canada Co-Chair – You Can Play
Kim Jones – Vice President and General Counsel – WinSport
Stephanie Shostak – You Can Play Ambassador / President Alberta Volleyball Officials Association
Mike Bell – Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of the locker room’s and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. YCP works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. At YCP, we assume that sport organizations want members of their athletic community to feel respected, included, valued and supported. To do this, it takes the proper tools and guidelines to insure teams can become more inclusive and as a result, more successful.
This panel is going to discuss those tools and guidelines while exploring the importance of implementing these within sporting organizations. We will also address the impact this will have regarding the challenges still being faced by LGTBQ athletes, coaches, referees and fans in today’s sports community
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.