Artistic Swimming Canada apologizes and pledges to improve, following a series of denunciations about the toxic environment and the culture of abuse that plagues the organization.
“We have problems in our sport and have taken steps over the years to address what has been brought to our attention. Following recent evidence, we understand that this is not enough and we sincerely apologize for that,” Chief Executive Jackie Buckingham said in a press release on Sunday.
Last Tuesday, six former members of the national artistic swimming team condemned the physical and mental abuse they experienced on the national team. A request was made for collective action to identify the damage done against the company and to ensure the safety of swimmers in the future.
OmTo me Buckingham argues that continuing the final show on the world stage does not justify mistakes in any way. The organization is therefore committed to “regaining the trust” of the community and “inspiring a new generation of athletes”.
Provides more information on the concrete actions the community wants to take over the next five days and the revised safe sport plan. The CEO concluded his message by inviting active and retired athletes to join the leading artistic swim in the “good future”.