AthletesCAN seeks action plan from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, outlining election process

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AthletesCAN is asking Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton to stipulate a transparent election process after the nationwide federation abruptly adjourned a heated annual common assembly final month.

“After attending the BCS AGM as an impartial observer, AthletesCAN requires the quick launch of a clear action plan by BCS, outlining a transparent election process, together with set dates and deadlines for the subsequent vote, and steps to be taken for compliant member validation,” their assertion mentioned.

AthletesCAN is the affiliation of Canada’s nationwide staff athletes.

Bobsled and skeleton athletes have been actively attempting to unseat Sarah Storey, the president of the board and performing CEO of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. Storey abruptly adjourned and walked out of the federation’s AGM in Calgary on Sept. 29.

“The occasions at this yr’s AGM marked one other instance the place Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton nationwide staff athletes felt unheard and unsupported by their very own National Sport Organization,” AthletesCAN mentioned. “We reiterate the very important significance of correct governance and a prioritization of a secure surroundings for our members and all nationwide staff athletes shifting ahead.

“AthletesCAN will proceed to advocate for honest processes that embrace and empower the athlete voice.”

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A BCS spokesperson mentioned that beneath the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, the continuation of the Sept. 29 assembly have to be held by Nov. 7, 2022. BCS’s bylaws require discover to be present 21 to 35 days earlier than the assembly date.

Storey and excessive efficiency director Chris Le Bihan have been the goal of criticism for months from athletes who’ve decried what they name a toxic surroundings of maltreatment throughout the group.

Tara McNeil, a 53-year-old sport physiologist from Calgary, has put her title ahead for president, after she was approached by a bunch of athletes to run for the place. Storey hasn’t introduced whether or not she would search a 3rd four-year time period.

BCS mentioned in a Sept. 30 assertion to The Canadian Press that the group had obtained credible data that there could have been irregularities within the verification processes of voters from the provincial sport organizations.

“Although BCS has been working to confirm these memberships, as on the date of the AGM, BCS has been unable to find out the BCS members who’re eligible to vote, or to be elected as administrators at this assembly,” the assertion mentioned.

“It is of the utmost significance to the board of administrators of BCS that the equity and integrity of the selections to be made on the annual common assembly of BCS is preserved.”

BCS referred to as a 90-minute recess in the course of the AGM to fulfill with authorized counsel. The board of administrators, in line with the assertion, advisable that every one issues set out within the discover calling the assembly be adjourned.

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