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    September 26, 2006

    Respect in Sport Program Planned for Manitoba Coaches

    The Manitoba government in partnership with Sport Manitoba plans to launch an online, province-wide program for all coaches to help ensure sports are positive and safe for Manitoba children and youth, Culture, Tourism and Heritage Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for sport, announced.

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    Former NHL hockey player and author Sheldon Kennedy will be the honourary spokesperson for the Respect in Sport program.

    "This program is an important tool to help kids get the positive
    benefits of organized sport without the negatives that can occur," said
    Robinson. "I am very pleased Sheldon Kennedy will be the spokesperson
    for Respect in Sport, as he is a champion of protecting players across

    Respect in Sport is a grassroots online tool that helps sport and
    community organizations deliver on their commitment to create a safer
    environment for all participants. As a delivery partner of the Canadian
    Red Cross - RespectED curriculum, Respect in Sport provides an
    Internet-based training tool that promotes respect, helps to prevent
    abuse and creates a simple process to promote a safe haven for children
    and young adults. Through this education, coaches are better equipped
    to help youth build self-esteem, learn the value of participating in
    sport, experience the thrill of participation and still have fun.

    "Coaches are at the forefront of our sport delivery system," said Sport
    Manitoba president and CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. "Through education, we are
    committed to developing the best coaches possible. Respect in Sport
    complements their certification requirements and we look at all coaches
    and all participants in all the sports we recognize in Manitoba to
    benefit from this program."

    The minister noted that with Respect in Sport, Manitoba has become the
    first province in Canada to take this proactive step in making sport a
    safer, more respectful environment for all participants.

    The program is expected to be available to coaches in Manitoba in November.

    More information on the program can be found at ...  

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