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5 December 2018

The Quebec sports system carried by volunteers

On this volunteers action day in Quebec, Sport’Aide would like to highlight the commitment of thousands of people without whom the Quebec sports system would simply collapse. Their contribution is so essential in a sports organization that it is difficult to quantify the importance of all these contributions. Nevertheless, in a report presented to Sport Québec in 2010, professionals pored over the question and based on information provided by sports federations, they succeeded in quantifying the contributions. They evaluated that, in 2010, more than 65,000 volunteers acted as coaches and more than 1,000 volunteers were administrators. In total, they counted 112,254 volunteers operating in federated sports. More concretely, this amounts to 17 million hours devoted by coaches! Impressive figures which…
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Sportive
26 November 2018

What happens when I call Sport’Aide?

You have gathered your courage and you are finally going to dial 1-833-245-HELP (4357). You have been thinking about it for a long time. Maybe it was after you saw the Sport'Aide number on the gymnasium poster, on YouTube or on Instagram? Maybe it was since you spoke to a friend or teammate who advised you to call – it doesn’t matter – that you have been wondering: “Should I call? What will they think? What can they do for me? Who’s going to answer?” These are all legitimate questions, but rest assured, the Sport'Aide team is opening its door right now to show you its secret! When you call the Sport'Aide toll-free line, there will always be a counsellor…
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15 November 2018

Looking for help?

When you contact the Sport’Aide team, someone will be there to listen to you, support you and advise you according to your situation. That said, there are also complementary services to help you according to different situations. Do not hesitate to use them!   I am a victim of sexual violence … I have witnessed sexual violence… Sexual violence can take many forms and may or may not include physical contact. Sexual harassment is the subtlest type and can come in the form of words, acts or behaviours of a sexual nature. If you believe you are a victim or if you witness sexual violence, contact the CALACS in your region or the Ligne d’écoute, d’information et de référence pour les…
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30 October 2018

The responsible parent’s charter

There we are! Your child absolutely wants to swim in his best friend’s swimming club. What should you consider before signing him up for the season? What questions should you ask the organization to ensure your child’s security and a positive practice of his sport? Policies and procedures Does the organization have a prevention policy for the protection of children, displayed and easily accessible? All sports organizations must provide a child protection policy. This policy must include a clear procedure to manage any situation involving misbehaviour or any risk of abuse (physical, psychological and/or sexual). If such measures do not exist, invite the organization to implement various preventive measures. To learn more, Sport’Aide invites you to go to Sportbienetre.ca. Does…
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18 October 2018

Alain Fortier – From victim to resilient!

Today, Sport’Aide introduces Alain Fortier, who recently shared his story with us as a victim of sexual assault. Frank and direct, this father of two children who has had a career in financing for some twenty years, exposed us to the vision and path of a victim who has been able to give a whole other meaning to his assaults over the years. Resilience fulfilling a mission “Peppered with highs and lows, this was not an easy process by any means. At the same time, it allowed me to learn a great deal about myself and come out stronger,” states the founder of VASAM (victimes d’agressions sexuelles au masculin – TRADUCTION: male victims of sexual assault). Far from positioning himself as…
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Sportive
10 October 2018

Student athletes and mental health: an unknown reality

In Quebec, almost 165,000 youths practice a support at an academic level in conjunction with their studies. Student athletes are often under strong pressure, which can become heavy for a young person anxious to succeed at school, perform in the sport and find time for their social and family life. How athletes deal with these different stressors is a determining factor in their mental health and athletic achievement (Rice, Purcell, De Silva, Mawren, McGorry, & Parker 2016). Indeed, in the general population, one person in five will suffer from a mental health problem in their lifetime, and athletes are no exception (Gulliver, Griffiths, Christensen, 2012). The most common psychological problems for student athletes include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attention deficit…
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5 October 2018

“Sport’Aide: an inspiring model” – Tine Vertommen, Ph.D.

As you may have recently read on our blog, it is with great joy that we received Tine Vertommen on September 18. If you don’t know Ms. Vertommen, not only is she a great researcher in the field of violence in sport, but she is also very inspiring. During the afternoon that we spent with her, we took the opportunity to discuss what is done in our respective countries to protect our young athletes. Her first observation was on the Canadian and Quebec political will to address the problem of violence in a sport environment. “I love your Minister for Sport,” she launches, showing a photo of Minister on the screen. “It is with people like her that we succeed…
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24 September 2018

An international authority visits Sport’Aide: Tine Vertommen, Ph.D.

As part of her visit to Quebec City on September 18 for her presentation at Laval University: “Interpersonal violence against children in sport: what do we know?”, Tine Vertommen absolutely wanted to visit us to learn more about Sport’Aide. “No other organization like Sport’Aide exists anywhere else in the world. It is therefore very interesting to be able to talk with you to see the benefits of such a body,” Vertommen explains. But to be fair, we were quite excited to receive this great academic who has inspired the work of Sport’Aide from its very beginnings. Sylvie Parent of the Department of Physical Education at Université Laval does not hesitate to qualify Vertommen as an “international authority in her field…
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Sportive
14 September 2018

If I had to do it over again… I would start tomorrow morning!

Today, I am addressing the athlete in you who spends many hours perfecting their techniques, as sharp as they are. I would like to share with you an experience that I had. I sincerely hope that after having read this text, my message will stay in your memory and you can use it as you see fit. I spent all five years of high school in a sports-study program. Like we both know, being in a sports-study program is not just about spending two hours a day doing a sport. In reality it involves many more sacrifices. Being in a sports-study program means that your lunch hour is shortened and that you have to eat fast because you have to…
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5 September 2018

The humiliating season of initiations – A text by Jean-Luc Brassard

A close collaborator of Sport’Aide and Ambassador for Good Sportsmanship, Jean-Luc Brassard wanted to take advantage of the beginning of the school and sports year to express his opinion as to the phenomenon of initiations which comes back at the beginning of each season. Enjoy! It comes back in force each year, and like the song says, it no longer makes anyone laugh. In the era of #MeToo, initiations, whether academic, sports-related or other, are no longer acceptable in our society where everyone is entitled to the most basic respect. Who can explain to me how a university that boasts it is forming tomorrow’s elites, accepts that a student’s first steps between its walls are accompanied by a public humiliation,…
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