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Integrity and Governance: What does it mean for your club?

Let’s set the scene:

  1. Our club doesn’t have any women or junior pilots, so why do we need to know all this stuff?
  2. My club won’t abide by its rules…..
  3. Joe Bloggs is a great bloke!
  4. It was just a joke….
  5. Women don’t belong on airfields!

So, ask yourself:

  1. If your club did have or did gain women and/or junior pilots, would you need to know all this stuff and why?
  2. Why won’t my club abide by the rules? Do I know the rules?
  3. Is Joe Bloggs really a great bloke….really?
  4. Was it just a joke? Do you defend the joke?
  5. What gender criteria is there for belonging on airfields?

Why is integrity important in sport?

  1. “It contributes to a community of respect and trust between participants and in society. The goal in sportsmanship is not simply to win, but to pursue victory with honour by giving one’s best effort. Ethics in sport requires four key virtues: fairness, integrity, responsibility, and respect.” https://www.scu.edu
  2. “Sport is valued in our community. It’s important we protect that value and maintain the integrity of sport. Threats to sports’ integrity include those which impact people’s positive experience in sport, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and harassment.” Integrity in sport | Office of Sporthttps://www.sport.nsw.gov.au

 Everyone has a role to play, including organisations and individuals.

Sport organisations:

  • Shared values and positive culture
  • Committed and strong leadership
  • Understand and adhere to laws
  • Robust codes of conduct and integrity-related policies
  • Ongoing education and training for all members, participants and staff/volunteers
  • Ongoing communication to all members

 Individuals (participants, administrators, instructors, coaches, managers, volunteers, general public etc):

  • Strong personal values and ethical decision making
  • Understand and adhere to laws
  • Adhere to your sport organisation’s policies and codes of conduct
  • Be informed and take part in relevant training

Reference: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/integrity-in-sport/what-can-you-do/ethical-decision-making

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