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Sport NZ seeks public views on Sport Integrity

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sport NZ has launched nationwide public consultation on its review into sport integrity, calling on anyone involved in sport to share their thoughts on a range of integrity issues through an online survey that will be open for the next six weeks.

“There’s no question New Zealanders love sport, but we also know that the integrity of sport is increasingly threatened at grassroots and elite levels by issues such as sideline behaviour, failure to protect children, match-fixing, corruption and doping,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.

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“There are already various controls in place at different levels of the sporting sector to address these. This review is about determining whether these measures are sufficiently robust and appropriate, so that any weaknesses can be addressed to ensure our sport remains clean, fair, and safe and enjoyable for
everyone.”

Mr Miskimmin encourages anyone involved in sport to have their say through the online survey or by making a written submission.

“Research indicates that sport creates happier, healthier people, better connected communities, and a stronger New Zealand. We can’t afford for there to be integrity issues which discourage New Zealanders from participating in sport and realising the many benefits it offers,” says Mr Miskimmin.

The online survey and a Sport NZ discussion document are available at the button below.

Take the Sport NZ survey

The survey is open now and runs through to 11 December. Members of the public can complete any or all of six survey modules, each of which should take around 15 minutes to complete.

The review considers five specific areas:

Member protection – ensuring those involved in sport are not subject to harassment, bullying and abuse, and are physically and mentally safe
Integrity issues in children’s sport – ensuring children involved in sport are protected from abuse and that the focus is on enjoyment rather than winning, and considering the changing environment within secondary school sport
Anti-doping – the use of prohibited substances (colloquially referred to as performance and image enhancing drugs) in contravention of the World Anti-Doping Code
Protecting against corruption – fraud, bribery, bid rigging and other dishonest behaviours intended to achieve personal gain by manipulating an outcome
Protecting against match-fixing – action to inappropriately predetermine the result of a match, or part of a match, for gambling purposes.

It also considers some overarching themes that cut across multiple areas of sport integrity, namely: organisational culture, whistleblowing and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand.

Sport NZ will analyse survey responses and written submissions before making recommendations on priority areas for further work to its Board in early 2019.
Also forming part of the Sport Integrity Review is a stocktake of elite athlete rights and welfare, which commenced in June. The findings of this are expected to be released next month.

Lead the Cheer
At Sport Bay of Plenty, we take these issues seriously and recently launched Lead the Cheer, in conjunction with Regional Sporting Organisations around the Bay of Plenty. Lead the Cheer provides educational tools and resources for those involved in sport and recreation to promote positive sideline behaviour.

Click here to find out more.

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