Kirsty Duncan: Canada needs a National Public Inquiry into Sport

Kirsty Duncan is a former Canadian Minister of Sport and served as deputy leader of the government in the House of Commons.

Kirsty was a former gymnast who felt fat shamed when she was competing.

On LinkedIn she listed 20 Twenty Reasons Why We Need a National Public Inquiry into Sport.

I’ll list a few here. Click through to see the rest.

  • Safe sport should always be the primary goal of every sport organization and coach, ahead of winning games, tournaments, or medals.
  • Stories of abuse, harassment, and sexual assault circulated for years but some sport organizations failed to hear, see, and act.
  • Emotional, psychological, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse of young athletes abound across many sports, and some abusers have not been held to account.
  • There is a compelling precedent for holding a national public inquiry, the Commission of Inquiry into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

One thought on “Kirsty Duncan: Canada needs a National Public Inquiry into Sport”

  1. a major outcome of the USAG response that I fervently hope that Canada will avoid is the presumption that any report = guilt.
    For (at least the first few years, I have no knowlege of current practice), USAG demonized and scapegoated it’s professional membership in a witch-hunt worthy of the McCarthy era….by all means encourage reporting, but the USA experience should not be considered a model to replicate or emulate.


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