Empowering young riders to face unethical issues in snowboarding
Even though snowboarding has not emerged as a traditional “victim” of sport integrity issues such as match-fixing, doping, harassment or corruption as much as other exposed sports (e.g football, tennis or cricket), it does not mean that the world of snowboarding should not be prepared to tackle these issues.
Actually, some cases have already been denounced in terms of bullying (Chloe Kim, Gold medalist in the Winter Olympics 2018 suffered racist attacks on her social media accounts) and doping (Bryant Shuey and Nikita Avtaneed, former Universiade gold medallist).
The young athletes should be educated to recognize harmful situations and on how to prevent them. The WSF is taking up this responsibility with the SafeShred project.
The SafeShred project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union
A fun and interactive online course for young riders to acquire basic knowledge on ethics and integrity was created by the SafeShred partners. The topics covered are: manipulation of sports competition, doping, harassment/bullying, corruption, whistleblowing system and basic human rights. You can access the E-learning course on the WSF Academy.
Riders’ Guide (IO3)
You are working with young riders and want to address integrity issues with them?
You are not familiar with the topics and do not know where to start?
This guide was created by the SafeShred experts and will provide you with useful material to support your work. It includes informative content on different integrity topics, presentations and educational tools to deliver trainings and workshops with a young target group, as well as information on safe whistleblowing systems to report any type of misconduct.
In 2022, a total of 195 young people between the ages of 13 and 19 took part in SafeShred trainings organized in 6 different countries (role plays, group names, discussions, presentations). Most participants pointed out that problematic situations might be encountered more often than one would consider and that “speaking up” is crucial. Feel free to get in touch with the WSF team if you also want to organize a training in your country.
SafeShred workshop in Kaprun during the World Rookies Final 2022
The SafeShred team is coordinated by the WSF and composed of six snowboarding associations (Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland), the CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity and the Ramon Llull University (Spain). Intense preparatory works led to the final outputs, the e-learning course and the riders’ guide. This additional material is open and accessible to all:
Research findings – desk research and surveys (IO1)
Background, history, literature on programs related to sport ethics in different European countries, combined with the results of a survey evaluating the perception of risks and expectations of stakeholders.
Research findings – fact-finding missions (IO2) Expert riders, coaches, managers, ethic and law experts, supporting personnel and other stakeholders coming from the field of snowboarding were interviewed in six countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. This report helps to understand how people view the existing policies related to these ethical topics and how the practices observed on the field reflect (or not) the legal documents.
Published at the halfway point of the entire project with the contribution of all partners, this interim report highlights the main project accomplishments and challenges, as well as key learnings and ways to move forward for a successful and complete project implementation.
Evaluation of the effectiveness of trainings (IO6)
Work in progress – INFO TO COME
Project evaluation report (IO7)
Work in progress – INFO TO COME
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