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Summer 2022
Dear SIRCuit Reader,

Welcome to the Summer 2022 SIRCuit! The SIRCuit is designed to provide a deep dive into timely and relevant research and insights relating to leadership, athlete development and high-performance sport. 

With the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) set to be renewed in 2023, this is the second of a 2-part SIRCuit series exploring the future of sport of Canada.

The renewed sport policy will help to identify Canadian sport priorities and provide guidance to Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FP-T) governments in advancing sport for the next 10 years (2023-2033). To inform the renewal process, SIRC has held a series of Canada-wide engagements from across the country and sport sector. In parallel with these engagements, an online survey sought input from all Canadians to provide their ideas on the next iteration of the policy.

In this SIRCuit edition, sport and physical activity researchers and practitioners share data, insights and best practices to help create quality, safe sport experiences for athletes at all stages of development. Here’s what you’ll find in this edition:How sport organizations, events and athletes are tackling climate change. Researchers share what high performance athletes have to say about their experiences with safe and unsafe sport How researchers and sport organizations are working together to enhance sport participation for Canadians with disabilitiesThe latest research on Early Specialization vs Multi-sport approachWhat we can learn from Indigenous sport leaders
Laying the seeds for future generations
How are sport organizations and events combatting climate change? This article takes a look at some of the ground-breaking initiatives taking place this summer at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and how Team Canada has added sustainability to its preparation. We’re also putting the spotlight on a group of Canadian Olympians offering support to sport organizations in the areas of sustainable practices and carbon reduction, and how one provincial sport organization is leading the way with a sustainability charter.
Protecting our athletes
Since 2018, a rapid increase in the number of reported and high publicized cases of maltreatment has catapulted safe sport to the top of the priority list for sport policymakers around the globe. Over the past year (2021 to 2022), SIRC interviewed high performance athletes across the country about their experiences with safe and unsafe sport. We talked to them in one-on-one confidential conversations about what safe sport means to them and when they feel unsafe in sport. We also asked about how a culture of safe sport might be realized. Here is what we learned.
Putting a focus on disability programming
When Jenny Davey first started working at the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) in 2014, she had no idea how much a fledgling research partnership would shape the work she does in the Paralympic sport system 8 years later. The Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP), a cross-sector network of partners working together to enhance community participation, including in sport and exercise, among Canadians with disabilities. Here, “participation” refers to both the quantity and quality of a person’s involvement in an activity. Learn more about this exciting initiative. 
Early specialization vs a multi-sport approach
What’s the best path to the podium? Which is correct? What does the latest research say? And if we aren’t aiming at the podium but instead at healthy, lifelong participation, does early specialization make any sense at all? These are the questions behind the debate between early specialization and early diversification. Based on a comprehensive review of 139 research publications, this article breaks down the latest evidence to help answer these questions.
The indigenous ways of knowing in sport
As an Indigenous Ambassador, Long-term Development Advisor, and team member for the Physical Literacy with Indigenous Communities project at Sport for Life, Greg Henhawk is actively involved in educational programs and initiatives designed to engage Indigenous people in sport and physical activity. SIRC sat down with him to discuss how Indigenous ways of knowing and doing can inform an approach to sport that encourages physical literacy and lifelong sport engagement. Here, we share the conversation with Henhawk.
In the Spring 2022 SIRCuit, SIRC shared the first in a 4-part series of Sport Governance and Leadership Trend Reports. The first report, Better Governance Principles, drew on sport governance research from around the world.

In addition to Better Governance Principles, now all 4 reports are available in the Summer 2022 SIRCuit. Board OnboardingBoard Conflicts of Interest and Board Composition are essential reading for those in the sport leadership sector. 

The reports highlight best practices and recommendations to enhance governance, including transparency, accountability, and democracy, at all levels of sport in Canada.
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Sincerely,
The SIRC Team
Read the SIRCuit
Athlete Development
Believe – Strengthen – Empower – The FutureCurrent perspectives on multi-sport participation Indigenous ways of knowing and doing connected to physical literacy, diversity and collaborationRead more
High Performance
Supporting athlete excellenceWhat athletes have to say about high-performance cultureRead more
Leadership & Governance
Empowering Sport Organizations through Strong LeadershipHow sport organizations, events and athletes are combatting climate changeEnhancing sport and physical activity for Canadian with disabilitiesRead more

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