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annemarie

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27 September 2022

Letter to little Geneviève

Editor's note: Geneviève Jeanson is a former bike racer from Québec Dear Geneviève, I would like to write you these few words to talk to you.  It's a matter of advising you and, don't worry, it is especially not about lecturing you. In fact, at your age, someone should have told me these things. When I was very young, many years ago, I practiced a sport that I loved at the beginning. Cycling. For the first few years, I pedaled, pedaled and pedaled some more.  Simply because I loved the feeling each ride gave me... even when it was raining or windy 😉 With September just around the corner, I can't help but remember those good times.  The arrival of fall,…
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11 July 2022

Have I reached the point where I have to file a complaint?

The present blog, the second in a series of two, originates from the implementation of the Integration Protection Policy in Sports, launched on February 1, 2021.  After more than one year of existence, the Sport’Aide team deemed it pertinent to discuss the reactions and behaviours of the various stakeholders in terms of the implementation of this tool made available to the Quebec sports community. The following fictional story is based on actual witness testimonies. I had been thinking about it for some time already. Weeks became months that I suffered and endured the behaviour of someone in my sports entourage. At first, I tried not to let the derogatory remarks affect me too much. The fact that my teammates didn’t…
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28 June 2022

What!? Somebody complained about me!

The present blog, the first in a series of two, originates from the implementation of the Integration Protection Policy in Sports, launched on February 1, 2021.  After more than one year of existence, the Sport’Aide team deemed it pertinent to discuss the reactions and behaviours of the various stakeholders in terms of the implementation of this tool made available to the Quebec sports community. Are you a coach, parent, volunteer, administrator, etc.? Regardless of your status within your sports organization or federation, one day you may be contacted by the Complaints Officer or a member of an integrity committee to inform you that a complaint has been filed against you. After the initial shock of this announcement, it is very…
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2 February 2022

Hello, it’s Anne-Marie, I am a synchronized swimmer… When sport alone defines us, what happens “after”?

About ten years ago, I was part of the national synchronized swimming team, now called artistic swimming. I trained at the Institut National du Sport du Québec in Montreal, for 40 to 50 hours each week. I liked what I was doing. No, in fact I LOVED synchronized swimming since it was more than a passion. It was my ENTIRE life! Then things changed, I started having tough times at training. I was told that I wasn’t thin enough. Not tall enough. Not enough like the others. Then I got injured. That was before I started having doubts about myself and started to lose confidence… to finally reach the point where I wondered what I was doing there. Doubting myself…
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