•   
  •   
  •   

Sports Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women's team

08:15  21 april  2021
08:15  21 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women's team

  Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women's team Rowing Canada has suspended the former head coach of the University of Victoria women's rowing team for one year after an investigation into allegations of aggressive and demeaning treatment. The decision released Tuesday says the suspension of Barney Williams may be reversed if he complies with certain terms, including regular mentorship by a coach evaluator and completing course work that emphasizes coaching ethics and working with developing and female athletes.

Rowing Canada has suspended the former head coach of the University of Victoria women's rowing team for one year after an investigation into allegations of aggressive and demeaning treatment.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Provided by The Canadian Press

The decision released Tuesday says the suspension of Barney Williams would be reversed if he complies with certain terms, including regular mentorship by a coach evaluator and completing course work that emphasizes coaching ethics and working with developing and female athletes.

It shows four team members in the 2018-19 season made complaints against Williams and a three-person panel was appointed last fall, tasked with determining whether he had breached Rowing Canada's code of conduct or the National Coaching Certification Program code of ethics.

Former B.C. university rowing coach 'deeply sorry' after complaints

  Former B.C. university rowing coach 'deeply sorry' after complaints VICTORIA — The former head coach of women's rowing at the University of Victoria says he was and remains "deeply sorry" to learn of the impact his leadership had on several ex-team members who filed complaints with Rowing Canada. Barney Williams says in a statement he has been committed to ensuring that no other member of the roster had a similar experience since learning of the complaints filed after the 2018-19 season, his first with the team. A three-person panel tasked with investigating allegations of aggressive and demeaning treatment found Williams's interactions with one member of that team violated his responsibilities under Rowing Canada's code of

The panel concluded that Williams's one-on-one interactions with one of the complainants, Lily Copeland, and his conduct at two meetings with an assistant coach, had violated his responsibilities under both codes.

The panel could not conclude that Williams's interactions with the other complainants amounted to a violation of the codes.

The university announced Monday that Williams had resigned as the women's rowing coach by mutual agreement as he and the athletic department determined it was in the best interest of the program.

The Rowing Canada panel decision says Williams denied that any of his conduct amounted to a breach of the national codes and denied he was ever aware of negative effects his coaching had on the complainants.

UVic, women's rowing coach deny former athlete's allegation of verbal abuse

  UVic, women's rowing coach deny former athlete's allegation of verbal abuse VANCOUVER — The University of Victoria and the head coach of its women's rowing team have denied allegations of demeaning and aggressive treatment made in a lawsuit filed last summer by a former student and team member. In a response to the civil claim by Lily Copeland, Barney Williams and the university say the training environment during the 2018-19 season was not hostile and the coach's communication was always professional. The defendantsIn a response to the civil claim by Lily Copeland, Barney Williams and the university say the training environment during the 2018-19 season was not hostile and the coach's communication was always professional.

It says the panel heard from 15 witnesses, including Copeland, who testified during hearings that she was excited at the start of the 2018-19 season and felt strong in her role as the team's only returning coxswain.

Copeland testified that she was subjected to allegedly demeaning and aggressive treatment by Williams and her mental health was poor near the end of fall.

She also testified that she told Williams during a meeting before the winter break that she was scared of him, and the training program and his coaching were affecting her mental health, the panel's decision says.

Copeland filed a lawsuit against Williams and the university last year alleging she suffered stress-induced physiological symptoms and that the school failed to provide her with a safe environment for training.

Williams and the university deny the allegations in a statement of defence filed in B.C. Supreme Court, saying the training environment was not hostile and communication was always professional.

Rowers return to St. John's lake, organizers hopeful historic regatta will too

  Rowers return to St. John's lake, organizers hopeful historic regatta will too ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — There will be rowers gliding across Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's this summer, but it's not yet known if they'll be able to compete in the city's historic regatta. In a lakeside boathouse shrouded in fog Friday, Royal St. John's Regatta committee president Bradley Power said it's a huge step forward to have boats back on the water this summer after the pandemic forced the cancellation of all activity last year. As for whether the famous day of races will go ahead, Power said he's optimistic. "The last time that we had a regatta cancelled was back during the Second World War," Power told reporters.

None of the allegations or statements have been tested in court.

Williams couldn't be immediately reached for comment on Rowing Canada's decision.

The panel report posted on the website of Rowing Canada Aviron says Williams "failed to put Ms. Copeland's best interests ahead of his personal desire to build a successful team, seemingly at any cost."

"His 'direct feedback' approach with Ms. Copeland was unwelcomed and ultimately harmful to Ms. Copeland's well-being," the panel decision says.

It says Williams "knew or ought to have known" that the way he was communicating with Copeland was harmful and negatively impacting her.

The panel determined that the suspension of Williams would act as a deterrent for both him and the rowing community as a whole.

"It is important to note that several women, many of them promising athletes, testified that (his) coaching led them to leave the sport prematurely to the detriment of the sport and to these athletes," the decision says.

In a statement reacting to the panel's decision, the university said Williams "expressed regret" in 2019 and undertook a professional development program, which included communication, personal awareness and conflict resolution training.

After its own review, the school says it implemented several changes to its varsity sports program "to strengthen a safe and supportive environment for student-athletes."

The changes include a professional code for coaches and the creation of a new position, director of varsity performance sport. It also created a student support co-ordinator position to provide clear options for how students can raise concerns and get support.

“UVic is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all our varsity athletes, we want our entire community and especially our students to know that UVic takes athlete wellness seriously," said Jim Dunsdon, associate vice-president of the division of student affairs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press

biden advocates a de-escalation with Russia after the sanctions US .
USA-Biden-Russia: biden advocates a de-escalation with Russia after the sanctions US © Reuters / Tom Brenner Biden advocates a de-escalation with Russia after the sanctions US Washington (Reuters) - US President Joe Biden said Thursday that the time had come from a dediating tensions between Washington and Moscow, after inflicted in the day of sanctions against Russia for his "malicious" actions, stating that 'There was always a window for the two countries to cooperate.

usr: 5
This is interesting!