Published: Feb 12, 2013 04:14:51 PM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:24:22 AM
Dear Swimming Australia Member
Member Welfare, Anti-Doping, Gambling and Illicit Drugs in Sport Policies
In light of recent announcements and media coverage relating to the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) report on Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport, I’m sure many of you are wondering if, and how this impacts or involves Swimming Australia.
First and foremost, I’m pleased to be able to inform you that neither the board, nor management of Swimming Australia has received any information that would suggest or imply involvement with the findings of the ACC’s report on Organised Crime and Drugs.
While it appears this issue is currently confined to the professional sports, that in no way means we can assume swimmers, coaches, staff and officials do not need to be vigilant and take a lead in this area.
As such, Swimming Australia will conduct a full review of all policies in relation to Member Welfare, Anti-Doping, Gambling, and Illicit Drugs in Sport. The aim of this review will be to ensure Swimming Australia is being proactive in maintaining best practice in these areas of integrity and ensuring the credibility of our sport.
As a member of Swimming Australia you are reminded that you are bound by our Member Welfare Policy and subsequent policies in relation to Anti-Doping, Gambling, and Illicit Drugs in Sport.
Swimming Australia prides itself on being committed to the health, safety and general well-being of all its members, and is dedicated to providing a safe and fair environment in which to train and compete.
As such, Swimming Australia maintains a robust Member Welfare Policy, and supporting policies, which are an essential part of our organisation’s proactive and preventative approach to tackling inappropriate behaviour at any level.
For our sport to maintain the integrity and credibility that it has established over more than a century of success in and out of the pool, athletes, coaches, team officials, staff and all Swimming Australia members are encouraged, and obligated to report any knowledge of activity that contravenes our Member Welfare Policy and subsequent policies in relation to Anti-Doping, Gambling, and Illicit Drugs in Sport.
Sport in Australia is held in high regard as a positive influence that enriches the lives of all who are involved, and our sport of swimming is widely considered as a leader in this area. As Australians, we greatly value the essence of sport in our culture and our community, and we all have the right to enjoy our sport in a fair and positive manner, at whichever level we participate.
I would like to assure you that it is our commitment to all members to ensure that everyone associated with Swimming Australia complies with these policies and maintains the integrity and credibility of our sport.
I wish you all a safe, fair and successful swimming career.
President, Swimming Australia
Member Welfare Policy – The Swimming Australia Member Welfare Policy aims to ensure that:
Anti-Doping Policy – Swimming Australia is bound by the World Anti-Doping Authority and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency policies in ensuring athletes are able to participate in a drug free environment.
Gambling and Betting Policy - Through this policy, Swimming Australia aims to ensure that our core values, good reputation, and positive behaviours and attitudes are maintained.
Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy – Swimming Australia wishes to prevent the use of Illicit Drugs in Sport through increased education for athletes and the community in relation to the potential harm associated with the use of Illicit Drugs. Swimming Australia has adopted this Illicit Drugs Policy to:
(a) address and deter the out-of-competition use of Illicit Drugs by Athletes;
(b) deter and prevent the use of Illicit Drugs in the community; and
(c) reduce the harm caused to individuals, families and stakeholders of Swimming Australia and the broader community as a result of Illicit Drugs.