Join us for a livestream of the sixth National Sport Integrity Forum to hear leaders at the forefront of the sports industry in thought-provoking, in-depth discussions on the moral, legal and ethical issues related to safeguarding children in sport.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Victoria University share a common goal to promote the achievement of sporting excellence aligned with integrity.
Together with our partners Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport, SportsCover, and Sport Integrity Australia, we will host the sixth edition of the National Sport Integrity Forum: It takes a sporting village to raise a child.
It takes a sporting village to raise a child
Throughout the decades many have advocated the myriad of ills that sport can cure. Sport has and is being promoted as a means to achieve physical health, become mentally resilient, develop many and deep social connections, and bring diverse communities together on a level playing field. Research indeed has shown that sport can deliver on various promises, but increasing media coverage of physical and mental abuse, injury, discrimination, and corruption is also showing that sport is merely a reflection of society – of its rights but also of its wrongs.
This cannot be an excuse for sport not taking responsibility. Sport organisations for a long time may have been lulled into a perception that sport itself presented a safe, supporting and nurturing developmental environment for young people to acquire and practice their life skills for application in the real world. However, our community sport clubs are the real world, and as it takes a village to raise a child, sport is just one of the shops on Main Street.
The 2021 Integrity Forum will tackle issues in regard to better standards, rules, regulations and even laws, but equally important, how sport as an industry can become more aware of and responsive to its crucial role in the village that prepares young people for a complex and ever-changing society.